Diamond Lake is rare and beautiful - fitting for its name and nickname as the “Gem of the Cascades.” This natural lake in the Umpqua National Forest has endless activities, from one season to the next, and a resort that families have been visiting for years - 100 years to be exact. The resort celebrates its centennial anniversary this year.
Diamond Lake Resort is a 1.5-hour drive from Roseburg, east on highway 138 and sits just six miles from the north entrance of Crater Lake National Park. The lake's scenery is hard to match as it lays between Mt. Thielsen and Mt. Bailey and is also a recreational hot spot for those who enjoy fishing, swimming, boating and camping in the summer and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, cat skiing Mt. Bailey and riding the resort’s epic tubing hill in the winter.
Known for some of the best year-round trout fishing in the state (Diamond Lake was the host for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Major League Fishing Championship), it is no surprise that the birth of the Diamond Lake Resort was in 1922 as a small fishing lodge by the same family that still owns it today. As the lake’s popularity increased, so did the need for more accommodations.
The lake now has a variety of lodging including 38 two-bedroom guest cabins; one deluxe four-bedroom family cabin, and a newer seven-bedroom lakefront retreat cabin. There are also over 30 motel rooms at the lodge itself and an RV park open in the summer months. Looking for more reasons to extend your trip? Check out the marina and store, gas station, post office, cafe, Mt. Bailey Room Grill, Diamond Room Lounge and South Shore Pizza Parlor. Resort events throughout the year are also the norm - including the annual favorite July 4th firework show.
For more information and reservations, visit diamondlake.net.
On October 3, 1872, Roseburg became officially incorporated by the state of Oregon. That makes this coming fall Roseburg’s 150th birthday. We’re celebrating with a series of articles on Roseburg’s rich past and blossoming future. For more information, visit the Roseburg 150 page.