Nestled in the Cascade Mountains in the northern corner of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the 745-acre Hyatt Lake Recreation Area provides opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. Reservations are required for Hyatt Lake Campground (there are no first-come, first-serve campsites available). Day-use is on a first-come, first-served basis and permits may be obtained at the self-service pay stations located at the main campground entrance and Wildcat Campground. Main campground opens at the end of May and closes right after Labor Day. Wildcat opens at the end of May and closes first of October, weather dependent. A 14-day camping limit within a 90 day period is in effect for all campgrounds.
Hyatt Lake is a 10 mph "no-wake" lake. During spring and summer months, Hyatt offers excellent lake trout and small mouth bass fishing. Other recreation activities are available including hiking, swimming and horse shoes. Access points for the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail are easily accessible starting from the campground. Although the campground is closed during winter months, great winter activities are available such as cross-country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing.
The Mountain View Group Shelter, overlooking Hyatt Lake and Mt. McLoughlin, accommodates up to 120 people, and is day-use only. It has a large fireplace. The reservation of this site does not include any associated campsites. The Osprey Kitchen is a group camping and day-use area accommodating 40 people with a covered cooking area, grill, group fire ring and walk-in tent sites. The main Hyatt Lake Campground has 56 sites and 2 boat ramps with dock facilities. Hyatt Lake Campground campsites are available by reservation only.
Hyatt Lake is located 20 miles east of Ashland in Oregon's beautiful Cascade Mountains. At 5,200 feet in elevation, Hyatt Lake offers a cool respite from the summer heat and also serves as a gateway for winter recreation enthusiasts. Hyatt Lake is located inside the boundary of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Monument was established in recognition of its remarkable ecology and to protect a diverse range of biological, geological, aquatic, archaeological, and historic objects.
Adjacent to the Hyatt Lake Recreation Area is public shoreline and adjacent lands. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail intersects the campground and Little Hyatt Lake is within 6 miles of location.
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I picked a spot right on the lake where I chose a comfy log to sit and enjoy a book. There is lots of wildlife around the lake; dusk coaxed several deer out to the water, lots of birds throughout the day, and the sound of frogs at night.
This campground has bathrooms and showers, though the bathrooms weren’t the cleanest for such a well-developed campground. Fire rings are available, but bring firewood with you. There’s plenty of wood laying around to burn, but I’m not sure what the campground’s policy is for foraging.
The lake was too low to use the boat ramps and warnings of leaches and skin parasites made the water itself uninviting, but the campground itself was great and there’s plenty of options for hiking nearby.
Oh yeah, the road up the mountain coming from I-5 was made of narrow switchbacks straight up along the side of a cliff. I white-knuckled it the whole way in my little car… not for the faint of heart. The views were breathtaking though.
It was very peaceful and felt like we were the only ones in the entire campground.
The campground requires you to make a reservation online even though there are empty sites everywhere.. neither of us had cell reception so I find this to be a very odd requirement