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Eel Lake Trail

MODERATE 82 reviews

Eel Lake Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lakeside, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 925 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers


3 months ago

Nice trail around lake edge. A bit disappointed at turnaround end and was hoping for an overlook or access to swath of lakefront but instead just came to marshy trail end.

6 months ago

Love this trail. Beautiful views and wide trail, just watch for tree roots.

7 months ago

beautiful lake. the trail is in good shape except for a couple spots. i turned around about 1/2 mile from the end because i didnt want to cross the last slippery, rotten log bridge.

Nice easy hike with good views of the lake. Pretty narrow after the 2 mile mark and a couple of the log bridges looked a little sketchy, but they held all of my 275 lbs.

8 months ago

Easy beautiful hike

8 months ago

This is a very nice trail with moderate elevation. Perfect for little kids, too. A very pleasant hike in a dense forest close to the lake shore with wonderful views across Eel Lake. It is also a good trail for trail runs if you go during less busy times as the trail is narrow and you will often encounter family groups during busier times. It’s easy to estimate the potential number of hikers from the cars in the various parking lots of Tugman SP.

9 months ago

Really pretty but just dead ends in a swamp and then you have to hike back. Weather was perfect and windy and everything is neon green.

10 months ago

They fixed all the bridges! No more squishy and uncertain logs!

Sat Jan 19 2019

Heavy salamander traffic! Watch you step. Not just for the little crawly critters but also the makeshift bridges. Those things are just rotten logs laid down across the run off areas. They are far from safe, so watch your step!

Tue Dec 18 2018

Great trail for both the inexperienced and kids! Was able to go with my 3 nephews all under 8 yers old and my dog! Very pretty trail around the lake! Kind of sad it is not a loop trail but overall it was really enjoyable!

Thu Sep 13 2018

Love this trail. We have never made it but a little past the 1 mile marker. Very quite and peaceful. It is some up and down hill along this path. Beautiful view.

Sat Jun 23 2018

Seemed longer than 6.1 miles.. Not sure where it ended. Came to a point where it was too mucky to continue. Our fitbits and Samsung health both tracked it as being much longer than a total of 6.1 miles.

Sun Feb 11 2018

It was a very beautiful hike! A few muddy spots but not too bad. I saw 2 bald eagles right before the sun went down.

Mon Jan 29 2018

Great App! There were some trails on here that I didn't even know about! Thanks All Trails!

Sat Sep 30 2017

9/24/17 • Parking at Tugman Park, walk through field with playground, past the fish ladder and you will find the trail head at a bridge. I started my hike at 1:30 and finished about 5:00 but stopped a lot for pictures and viewing. This trail starts out wide and easy and follows the southern side of Eel Lake. A few area's where small streams cross have old logs that could be challenging if wet. Weather was perfect for shorts and T-shirt. I took one small pack with 20 ounce water bottle and it worked out perfect. There were a lot of huckleberries and they were prime for the picking. Plan on seeing a lot of ducks in the various Coves as you trek, as well as Chipmunks. There is a large clear-cut above you on the Southeast side that you could possibly see black bear, elk, deer and many other Oregon native animals. There were a few small stretches of the trail where it narrowed and the dirt was still wet so it was a bit muddy but then it would open back up. I could not find an end of trail sign. The trail seem to end in an area that was swampy with skunk patch. I side hilled for a while on a makeshift cleared trail but it did not go anywhere so it would be nice to have a sign saying in the trail. If you do this trail and you see a log across the trail with two red straps I think that is the end of the trail. This trail was actually more challenging than I thought it was going to be but I had a lot of fun and take lots of pictures. Thanks for reading! Doug DeShazer ✌️

Tue Sep 26 2017

nice little trail. The last mile is pretty neglected and lots of bear skat after mile 2.5.....

Thu Aug 31 2017

Nice hike along lake. More easy than moderate. For the first 2 miles this is an easy walking well maintained path. Pass the 2 mile marker the trail deteriorated becoming narrow and overgrown for about 1/4 mile then turns better but not as good as before. A little beyond 3 miles (from start) trail gets small and muddy (in August) and we turned around. Note; Some reviews said was hard to find. If in day use area this trail does not start near lake but up a bit - if in day use meadow look for clearing in brush/trees and enter there. Or you can go to the RV dump place and you will see a blocked off dirt road there that you can take toward lake. In either case you will come to a bridge with the trail sign marking the start.

Sun Aug 20 2017

Excellent walk along the southern rim of Eel Lake. Mostly shaded with a well marked path. This is a good beginner's walk, too.

Sat May 27 2017

Trail was scenic and nice. Good hike for kids & if you're looking for a leisurely walk with lots to see. After 2 miles the trail got very narrow with overgrown vegetation which is why I didn't rate it higher.

Fri May 05 2017

Play area for kids. Great hike!

Wed Aug 10 2016

Great trail. Though it won't crush your legs or cardio, it will sooth the soul. Hard pack trail, low rocks and rubble. Heavy canopy, great for a summer hike. Bugs and spiderwebs were few even in August and with the lake nearby. Very light undulating path. Great for those who hiking is not there thing but good enough to get some exercise. Very beautiful.

Wed Jul 20 2016

A nice lake, park, and trails. There are 2 trails. The one to the left is 2 miles. The one to the right is the 6 mile trail. This trail is well groomed and easy to navigate. Good one for most people.

bird watching
Sat Nov 28 2015

Lovely trail but I only found a rough 2 mile trail. We must have missed something but the view was wonderful!

paddle sports
Sat Nov 07 2015

It was nice we kayaked.

Fri Jun 19 2015

Lovely hike cut short though because of clear cut area where many trees are down causing the trail to be unsafe. The first two miles of the trail are lovely though.

Tue Aug 02 2011

Nice easy trail along the lakeside. Beautiful scenery for a nice family or relaxing walk. If you are looking for a challenging climb, look elsewhere.

Sun Jul 05 2009

Really nice bike trail, beautiful scenery, lots of berries in high summer. Oyster mushrooms grow on the dead trees, even downed limbs. Not technical, kids can ride this.

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