Lake of the Woods has been the Readers' Choice favorite for the past six years, thanks to its swimming, fishing and boating opportunities.
Tucked along Highway 140 in the Winema National Forest, the high Cascades lake is ideal for a quick getaway throughout the year.
Summer activities include water skiing, fishing, canoeing, paddleboat riding and camping.
The lake offers a rich variety of fish, including largemouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee, bullhead, perch and crayfish.
The lake is even open for fishing at night, a rarity in Oregon, so anglers can pursue the lake's big browns. Watercraft can be rented at the marina.
Come the cold months, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snow kiting are available.
The full-service marina at Lake of the Woods Mountain Lodge fortifies visitors with hot coffee and snacks.
Other favorites: Lost Creek Lake and Applegate Lake.