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ATTENTION: Commissary Cabin is closed until further notice for renovation and maintenance. Please check back for updates for the cabins re-opening.


part ofWillamette National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


The Fish Lake Remount Depot Cabins sit at an altitude of 3,200 feet near the Santiam Pass Winter Recreation Area of the Willamette National Forest. These cabins were built in 1924 and are rustic, historic wood structures that include a dispatcher's cabin, a springhouse shed, a garage/woodshed and a fire hose shelter. The commissary cabin and a supervisor's cabin, known as the Hall House, are available as rentals either separately or together.

The compound was once used to house firefighters and corral horses. It is still used as a rest and resupply station by the Forest Service horsepacker heading in and out of Wilderness areas.

Guests must walk, cross-country ski or snowshoe approximately three-quarters of a mile to access the cabins from Lava Lake Sno-Park.

Natural Features:

The compound is accessed by a trail that traverses through dense evergreen forest. From the cabins, guests can enjoy the view of Fish Lake and its forested shoreline. The lake is shallow in winter, but can dry up and turn into meadow in the summer.

Willamette National Forest offers prime habitat for such species as Roosevelt elk, black bear, northern bald eagles, mule deer and bobcats, among other wildlife.


Seven sno-parks constituting the Santiam Pass Winter Recreation Area are within a 15-minute drive of the cabins, including Lava Lake Sno-Park and Ray Benson Sno-Park. Areas around these Sno-Parks offer miles of non-motorized trail opportunities for skiers and snowshoers. Marked Nordic ski trails and snowmobile trails are found at the Lava Lake Sno-Park.


Two cabins are available for rental at this site from winter through early spring. The Hall House is a 3-room cabin featuring 2 bedrooms, a shared common room and a kitchen. The Commissary Cabin features a bedroom and kitchen.

Both cabins have the same amenities, which include a full-size bed with mattress, table with chairs, sofa, propane heating and cooking stoves, solar-powered lighting, basic cookware and kitchen utensils. An outhouse with pit toilet is located nearby. Neither cabin has water or electricity. Guests must bring their own water for drinking, cooking and washing.

Items such as bedding, lanterns or flashlights, matches, extra toilet paper, first aid supplies, trash bags, dish soap, towels and an ice chest are not available. Guests are expected to pack out their trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Couches
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Lights
  • Pit Toilets
  • Propane Heat
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Parking Area
  • Snow Park
  • Snowmobile Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the cabin is by combination lock; please call the McKenzie River Ranger District at (541) 822-3381 at least 72 hours prior to arrival for updated information and to confirm the lock combination
  • There is no water at this site; guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing
  • Sno-Park Permits are required between November 15 and April 30, click here to learn more
  • New security infrastructure has been installed at Lava Lake Sno-Park
  • Guests must pack out all trash and clean cabin before departure
  • No tent, trailer or RV camping on this site
  • Livestock and pets are not allowed
  • Guests should contact the Ranger District prior to arriving to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms, etc., that may affect their visit
  • Learn more about the Willamette National Forest

    Fish Lake Day Use Area located at approximately mile post 1.5 on Highway 126 (approximately 1.5 miles South of Highway 126/20 junction) is available for unloading supplies for transport to the cabins. This pull out is approximately 1/8 mile from the cabins. Please note that overnight parking or long term parking is not permitted here and access to this parking area may vary depending on snow levels and plowing frequency. Overnight parking is provided at Lava Lake Sno-Park (see directions section). To access cabins from the Fish Lake Day Use parking area walk past the gate and into the day use area and continue north past the restrooms and through the wooden gate. Proceed north through a second wooden gate, go past the interpretive kiosk on the left and continue to the cabins.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.40528, -122.00583
44°24'19"N, 122°0'21"W

From Salem, take Highway 20 east through Sweet Home. Approximately 45 miles east of Sweet Home, Lava Lake Sno-Park will be on the north side of the highway.

From Eugene, take Highway 126 east to Highway 20 (approximately 70 miles). At the intersection, turn left (west) and drive about a quarter mile. You will see Lava Lake Sno-Park on the north side of the highway.

From Bend, take Highway 20 towards Sweet Home. Traveling west, a quarter mile past the intersection of Highways 20 and 126, Lava Lake Sno-Park will be on the north side of the highway.

You must park your vehicle(s) at Lava Lake Sno-Park. Parking permits are required. From Lava Lake Sno-Park, cross the highway and follow the blue diamond trail markers. You may hike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe (approximately one mile) to the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

57600 McKenzie Highway

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)822-3381
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