Fish Lake Remount Depot Cabins
Willamette National Forest
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 horse packer heading in and out of Wilderness areas.
Guests must walk, cross-country ski or snowshoe approximately one mile to access the cabins from 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 1 bedroom, a shared common room with a hideaway bed, 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.
Need to Know
- Entry to cabin is by key. The key is located in a combination lock box mounted next to the door. The combination can be found in your confirmation letter under Access Info.
- There is no water at this site; guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing
- Oregon Sno-Park Permits are required between November 1 and April 30
- 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
- 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.
- The McKenzie River Ranger District office is open Monday-Saturday during summer, and Monday-Friday the rest of the year. Please call 541-822-3381 for information at least 72 hours prior to arrival for updates or other information. Office hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- 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.
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 will dry up and turn into meadow in the late summer.
Willamette National Forest offers prime habitat for such species as Roosevelt elk, black bear, bald eagles, black tail deer and bobcats, among other wildlife.
Seven Sno-Parks are within the Santiam Pass Recreation Area, a 15-minute drive from the the cabins, including Lava Lake Sno-Park and Ray Benson Sno-Park. These Sno-Parks offer access to both motorized and non-motorized trail opportunities.
57600 McKenzie Highway MCKENZIE BRIDGE OR 97413
For campground inquiries, please call: 541-822-3381
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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 (left) side of the highway.
From Eugene, take Highway 126 east to Highway 20 (approximately 70 miles). At the intersection, turn west (left) and drive about a quarter mile. You will see Lava Lake Sno-Park on the north (left) 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 (right) side of the highway.
You must park your vehicle(s) at Lava Lake Sno-Park. Oregon State Sno-Park permits are required for parking November 1-April 30. 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.