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Paulina Lake, Oregon - Year Round Fun
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Paulina Lake, Oregon - Year Round Fun
Southeast of Bend in Central Oregon there are two lakes formed in the caldera of a volcano that blew its top thousands of years ago. Paulina Lake is nestled in the Newberry Crater fed by snow melt and springs. It is nature at its pristine best. Full of rainbow trout, brown trout and sockeye salmon it is a fisherman's paradise. One of the best things about it is that it has a twin a short distance away called East Lake. It is one of those double your pleasure kind of things.

You do not have to fish to enjoy Paulina Lake and East Lake. The lakes are great for canoeing and swimming. There are miles of hiking, mountain bike riding and horseback riding trails. The hot springs that flow into Paulina Lake near the bank can be corraled into your own hot tub with just a shovel and a bit of effort.

Both lakes have lodges that have rustic rental cabins that are on the lakeshore and there are campgrounds nearby for both RV's and tents. Chief Paulina Horse Camp has stalls for horses. Paulina Lake Campground, Newberry Group Camp, and Little Crater Campground are on the shore of Paulina Lake. The campgrounds on East Lake are Cinderhill, East Lake, and Hot Springs. At the lodges of both lakes you will find restaurants, grocery stores, boat rentals, and tackle shops.

Nearby are Paulina Falls and Benham Falls which you can see after a short hike. Also a trip to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument makes an interesting side trip where you can learn about the volcanic eruption that formed Newberry Crater and view the lava fields at the Lava Lands Visitor Center.

Paulina Lake is also good for winter fun -- snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. In the winter there are 330,000 snow-covered acres to play on. Snowmobiles are available for rent at Paulina Lake Lodge or if you don't want to drive your own, you can take a four-hour snowmobile tour. Picture yourself in a rustic log cabin with a crackling wood fire, a cup of hot chocolate in your hand, watching the snowflakes falling gently to the ground. You can have that Paulina Lake Lodge mid-December through March.

Central Oregon is well known for its 300 days of sunshine each year. Paulina and East Lake are a great place to take advantage of those days.

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