Devils Lake Real Estate
About Devils Lake, Oregon Real Estate
Home of the Legend of Indian Bay
Welcome to Devil's Lake, Oregon!
The Devil's Lake State Recreational Area is built around a small lake in Lincoln County, Oregon, along the Central Oregon Coast. The 680-acre freshwater lake separates the northern part of Lincoln City from the Central Oregon Coast Range. Devil's Lake is 1/3rd of a mile wide, three miles long and up to 21 feet deep. The D River flows from the lake westward to the Pacific Ocean. At 120 feet, Devil's Lake is the world's shortest river. To the east of the lake is the Siuslaw National Forest. The forest is home to the marbled murrelet, an endangered species of bird.
According to Oregon Geographic Names, the name derives from a Native American legend. In the legend, a giant fish or other large marine creature would occasionally surface, much to the dismay of anyone fishing in the vicinity. Following is the Legend of Devils Lake as told by Chief William Depoe in September of 1987.
The Siletz Indians were once fond of Indian Bay—or Devil's Lake as it is now known—before it became inhabited with evil spirits. They hunted their game in the nearby forests and made their homes upon the scenic shores of the quiet lake. Their warriors, however, were lost to the evil spirits of the lake. As legend has it, members of the tribe used to meet on the shores of the lake during the moon of abundance to celebrate. Young braves would demonstrate feats of daring and strength to win the heart of the maiden of their choice.
As the legend continues, a certain chief Fleetfoot despaired of winning the heart of the maiden he had chosen. In order to impress his young love, he dispatched his braves in the canoes out on the calm waters of the lake. Yet tragedy was awaiting the braves. As the moonlight shone down upon the serene lake, legend says, the waters began to churn and bubble. Giant tentacles emerged from the chaotic waters and wrapped around the startled braves and their canoes pulling them down into the murky depths. "Legend has it that the lake is quick to turn bad towards people," Chief William Depoe said, "Like a giant snake, it can raise up and pull beneath its surface whatever might be traveling across."
In order to pacify the great devil so the Indians could resume their peaceful existence on the lake, the legend says, the Indians held great feasts and rituals on the shores of the lake. The drums vibrated and the voices of the Indian people echoed their melancholy beat until the dawn broke upon the horizon. At that time, the devil was said to rear its ugly head and then the sacrifice was made. It is unclear exactly what form this sacrifice took, whether it was maiden or beast, but the offering was the only method by which to satiate the hunger of the devil that inhabited the lake. "Legend has it that the lake could cause bad things to happen to people. To avoid that, the Indian people would offer valuables to the lake before crossing it," Chief Depoe said. "In that way, they showed respect to the power that it possesses."
The hunger of the spirit that inhabits the lake has long since been appeased, but the legend itself grows with each retelling and the mystery behind the lake’s name remains unsolved. Today, the legend maintains, that those who cross the waters in the moonlit chill of night will still feel a tingle of fear as they cross the center of the lake.
The Devils Lake State Recreation Area and its surrounding basin offer significant ecological observation and research opportunities to nearby residents of Lincoln City and others. Well-stocked with a myriad of intriguing fish, water foul and other wildlife, the lake offers endless recreational and study activities for young and old alike.
For more information on activities in and around Devils Lake, Oregon, visit:
- Travel Oregon - The Coast
- Newport Tourism
- Wakonda Beach State Airport
- Cleft Of the Rock Lighthouse
- Yachats Community Info
- Camp Perpetua Scenic Area
- Oregon Whale Watching Center
- Oregon Coast Visitor's Information
- Oregon Parks' Whale Watching Center
- Lincoln Visitor's Center
- Tillamook Forest Center
- Waldport Heritage Museum
- Lincoln County, OR
- The State of Oregon
- Devils Lake, Oregon on Wikipedia.com
(This and more local information is available at or through the above sites.)
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