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Guide to fishing for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon at Detroit Lake in Oregon.

Detroit Lake, OR

Well stocked by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Detroit Lake is one of the favorite trout fishing lakes in Oregon. This 3,500-acre reservoir is located in the northwest part of the state, at Detroit, OR.

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Nestled in the scenic Cascade Mountains of Oregon, Detroit Lake is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. Known for its stunning beauty and diverse fish populations, the lake offers anglers a rewarding fishing experience in a picturesque setting.

One of the most sought-after fish species in Detroit Lake is the kokanee salmon. These landlocked sockeye salmon provide exciting angling opportunities, as they are known for their acrobatic jumps and delicious pink flesh. Anglers often target kokanee by trolling with downriggers and using lures such as hoochies, dodgers, and small spoons. The summer months are particularly productive for kokanee fishing in Detroit Lake.

In addition to kokanee, Detroit Lake is also home to a variety of trout species. Rainbow trout, brown trout, and cutthroat trout can be found in the lake's depths, offering anglers a chance to test their skills. These trout species can be caught using a variety of techniques, including fly fishing, trolling, or casting with lures or bait.

Before heading out to fish in Detroit Lake, it's important to check the local fishing regulations and obtain any necessary permits or licenses. Understanding size and bag limits for different fish species and any specific rules for the area is essential for preserving the fishery's health and sustainability.

Detroit Lake in Oregon offers anglers a combination of stunning scenery and abundant fish populations. Whether you're targeting kokanee salmon, trout, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the lake, Detroit Lake provides a memorable fishing experience in the heart of the Cascade Mountains.

Roads and pathways surround most of the 32 miles of shoreline, making it easy to fish from the bank. Casting from shore or a boat, both work well here, as does trolling for both trout and salmon. Spectacular views of the lake, mountains and fir trees make this a very pleasant sightseeing destination. The excellent fishing is a bonus. Boat launch ramps, boat rentals and marina services are all available to enhance your fishing trip. Nearly 300 camp sites, many on the water, await your arrival. Lodging, convenience stores and restaurants are all easily accessed to make your stay a pleasant one.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Oregon

Primary fish species residing in Detroit Lake

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Rainbow trout Kokanee salmon

Detroit Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Detroit Lake, providing anglers with easy access to different fishing locations and opportunities to explore the lake's scenic surroundings. Whether you have a motorboat, kayak, or canoe, the lake's calm waters and numerous coves make it an ideal spot for boating. Anglers should be aware of any boating regulations and ensure they have the necessary safety equipment.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Kane's Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats
503 854-3362

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Cove Creek Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Blowout Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Detroit Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off N Santiam Highway, this is a dix-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, west side, off N Santiam Highway, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Southshore Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Blowout Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Detroit Lake Marina
115 Breitenbush Road
Detroit, Oregon 97342
503 854-3423

Kane's Marina
530 Clester Rd.
Detroit, Oregon 97342
503 854-3362

Click here for a Oregon Fishing License.

Camping facilities are available near Detroit Lake, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds provide convenient access to the lake, allowing anglers to enjoy peaceful evenings by the campfire after a day of fruitful fishing.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Cove Creek Campground - 503 854-3366

Hoover Campground - 503 854-3366

South Shore Campground - 503 854-3366

Piety Island Campground - 503 854-3366

Lakeview RV Park - 503 854-3530

Detroit Lake OR Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Detroit Lake
Detroit Lake Marina
115 Breitenbush Rd
Detroit, OR 97342
503 854-3423


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