One of the most common request I receive from out of area buyers that is almost impossible to meet is finding lake front property. Deschutes County and most of Central Oregon is full of beautiful lakes, streams and rivers, but our lakes generally are on public land. There are a few exceptions but are they really exceptions?
Odell Lake and Crescent lake do have a few homes near them, most of these homes are actually built on land that is what we call Forest Service land and is owned by the good old U.S.A. there is a long term lease of the land, but finding financing for a home where you do not own the land especially right now can be a real challenge.
There are a couple lakes that do have privately owned property in our area – the most popular would be Ochoco Reservoir & Prineville Reservoir – the area of these lakes is more open and allows for some great mountain views also, but there is a lack of trees for most of these properties.