Located below the east face of Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon, Mann Lake attracts anglers as much for its remote, rugged splendor as for its abundant Lahontan cutthroat trout. These trout are supremely adapted to survive alkaline desert waters and without them fisheries like Mann Lake could not exist.
The lake was named for an early rancher and has satisfied fishers for over 40 years. Anglers converge as early as March and into October. Shallow throughout its 200 acres, the lake features extensive weed-beds and easily wadeable shoreline margins.
Aside from fishing, visitors enjoy camping, hiking, viewing wildlife such as pronghorn antelope, quail and chukar, and rock hounding for thunder eggs and agates in the area.
Know Before You Go: Aside from two vault restrooms, Mann Lake offers no amenities.
Bring your own shade, shelter and water and tie everything down. Swift winds are common, and weather conditions are often unpredictable.
No-fee site; primitive camping only.
Two, 8-inch minimum length trout per day limit; artificial flies and lures only.
From Burns, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 72 miles. Tum right onto the East Steens Road and travel southwest for approximately 23 miles until you reach the Mann Lake Recreation Site turn-off on your right.
Bums District Bureau of Land •Management 28910 Hwy 20 West
Hines, OR 97738