Link Creek Campground is situated on the shores of Suttle Lake in the Deschutes National Forest. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, hiking and biking in summer, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.
Popular activities in the area include hiking, fishing and motorized boating in the summer months, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter months. Numerous hiking mountain biking trails are accessible from the campground and in the surrounding area. The 3.2 mile Suttle Lake Loop Trail meanders through the developed recreation areas on Suttle Lake. The trail is relatively flat and follows the wooded shoreline of the lake, providing opportunities for fishing or picnicking along the way. A boat ramp is located within the campground. Motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed on Suttle Lake.
Link Creek Campground offers tent and RV campsites, as well as yurts. Campsites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Electrical hookups are not available.While the campsites are pet-friendly, unfortunately pets are not permitted within the yurts.
The yurts are available for reservation year-round. Each is equipped with a bunkbed with one double and one single mattress, double futon, table and chairs and a wood stove. Visitors need to bring their own linens, lantern and eating essentials. No electricity is available.
Suttle Lake is surrounded by a mixed conifer forest. The lake is deep and clear. The lake covers an area of 253 acres and has an average depth of 44 feet. It sustains an excellent population of naturally reproducing kokanee, brown trout, whitefish, and crayfish.
Link Creek, which empties into Suttle Lake, is shallow and clear enough to view spawning fish. Lake Creek flows eastward from Suttle Lake and eventually joins the Metolius River.
In autumn, the local vine maple trees display brilliant orange, red and yellow foliage.
Visitors can explore wilderness areas, rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and approximately 1,600 miles of trails that comprise nearly 2.5 million acres within the Deschutes National Forest and the adjacent Ochoco National Forest.
Visitors enjoy traveling the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, known as Oregon's Highway in the Sky, which climbs into the clouds on a 66-mile drive through the Cascade Range, weaving past snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes.
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Link Creek Campground is located on the west end of Suttle Lake, which is a beautiful mountain lake surrounded by evergreens. The off-season night we spent there was uncrowded and quiet. There's a trail all around the lake, although we did not hike it this time. We also were sorry we didn't bring our tandem kayak, because it would have made for beautiful exploring. We went over to Suttle Lake Lodge one evening, and found some great live music. Then we were happy to go back and sleep in our Westfalia. The sites are spaced pretty far apart, but there's not much undergrowth to provide privacy. Fortunately everyone was nice and quiet.
Link Creek, Suttle Lake has a unique explosion of camp sites all around. We happen to be on the west side of the lake with a handful of friends while our other handful went glamping in one of the several cabins on the east side. Day to day, we had a blast swimming, boating and creating trails of floaties (this was not a hiking trip). We rode canoes on the lake and didn't feel like the canoe/boat relationship hit heads. Our one complaint about the west side is the stinky toilets but has any campsite made non-stinky toilets? Hardly something reasonable to complain about. If you love lodging or pitching a tent. Suttle Lake has tons of trails and lake fun. Fishing on the east side is better than the west. I talked to a few fishing shops and friends to find that out. We took advantage of the lodge and restaurant for our friends birthday. We managed to pack in pinatas, rentals of all types of flotation devices, full bar, delicious food and friendly staff. We're only hoping we can get a spot for next year before it sells out!