Odell Lake sits on the South side of Oregon Highway 58, just East of Willamette Pass summit. The Pacific Crest Trail runs adacent to it and Willamette Pass Ski Area faces it. We have driven by Shelter Cove Resort a hand full of times and each time CD tells a story about spending an afternoon reading a book there in 2004 while thru-hiking the PCT. Finally, we decided to stop in and check it out! Whether you are looking for a PCT resupply or a winter get-away, the Shelter Cove Resort won’t disappoint!
Getting to Shelter Cove Resort and Marina
- Hike the PCT Northbound from Mexico or Southbound from Canada
- Cross Oregon Highway 58 after a day of skiing at Willamette Pass Ski Resort
- Look for the sign, just East of Willamette Pass summit. Depending on snow conditions, parts of the road to the resort may be one lane but traffic is light and there is room to back up and pull over if needed. Go roughly 2 miles on the paved road to the resort. It is well marked.
10 reasons to stop in a Shelter Cove if you are just passing through.
- The scenery does not disappoint.
- Grab a snack and soda. The camp store is fully stocked with everything from soda and beer to frozen meals and PCT resupply items. The Hook and Tackle restaurant is closed in the winter but worth checking out in the summer for sure.
- Scout out the cabins for future reference! Really, check them out, they look sweet!
- Plan a fishing or kayaking adventure. The lake is easily accessible and inviting for sure.
- Sit by the bonfire after a day of playing in the snow. Check out the fire pit by the lake. It was roaring when we stopped by.
- Chat with the locals. The women at the store has been working there for 20 years and confirmed CDs hunch that he stopped there when hiking the PCT. The book lending library that he remembers is no longer there but she provided a historical perspective on the recent remodeling and shared memories of the old store front.
- Kick your feet up. Even in the winter, there are plenty of deck chairs to take a load off after a fun day outside!
- Look for wildlife. We didn’t see it but I am sure they were there!
- Get in the holiday spirit! I don’t know if the pixie lights are there in the summer but in the winter they put out a welcome feeling of holiday spirit!
- Take a deep breath and enjoy a moment of feeling part of the world, despite a pandemic! This place gives off good vibes as soon as you drive up!
- PCT Camping Area
- Cabins, Cottages, RV sites
- Boat Launch and Marina
- Hiking: Willamette and Deschutes National Forests
- Alpine skiing: Willamette Pass Resort
- Fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding
- Boat Rentals
- Fishing Guides
Subscribe to follow our adventures. CD is in the garage cutting wood for our new van conversion. We teamed up with Roost Vans to do a DIY electrical system – so stay tuned!