Getting There: The lake is in Benson State Recreation Area on the south side of I-84 just west of Multnomah Falls.
Fisheries: Populations of brown bullhead, white crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish and largemouth bass. Benson Lake is stocked from April through June with legal- and trophy-sized rainbow trout.
Useful Information: Non-motorized boats, rafts and float tubes are allowed but there is no boat ramp. There are excellent bank fishing opportunities including some access for disabled anglers. Benson Lake is open year-round for fishing but the park closes after Labor Day.
Tackle & Techniques: Standard trout fishing methods such as worms, PowerBait, spinners and fly casting work well at Benson Lake. For warmwater fish use worms on a bobber or a grub/jig set up.
Facilities: Restrooms are available when the park is open. The park is a day use area with picnic facilities; shelters are available for rental through Oregon State Parks. There is a disc golf course at the park.
Fees: Yes, day use fee.
Additional Activities: Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, other recreational activities abound including hike, biking and sightseeing. Other nearby state parks: Rooster Rock State Park, Ainsworth State Park.
For More Information:
ODFW North Willamette Watershed District Office – (971) 673-6000
Oregon State Parks – (800) 551-6149