Gunners Lakes are a series of three small lakes (the largest is 10 acres) situated at 1500 feet elevation in a well-forested area. The lakes are well-known among fishermen and birders alike.
Gunners Lakes at a glance
What: lakes, fishing, canoeing, birdwatching
Where: Go 10.5 miles west on Scappoose-Vernonia Highway from Highway 30 in Scappoose until you reach the Nehalem Divide trailhead for the CZ Trail at Pisgah Home Road. Proceed 2.3 miles south on Pisgah Home Road and bear right. In another 0.5 miles, staying right, you will reach the first lake at 45.80568, -123.0585. Continue on this road to reach the middle, then the third and largest lake.
Can also be reached from Vernonia by driving up Hwy 47 to Pittsburg and going east on Scappoose-Vernonia Highway for 7.5 miles until reaching Pisgah Home Road. There is also logging road access from Hwy 47 near Stub Stewart State Park, with the lakes being reached about 10.5 miles from the highway.
Hiking: No official trails but many miles of logging roads that can be hiked.
Camping: No designated campsites. Dispersed camping should be legal as the main lake is on BLM-managed land but that is unverified.
Notable Wildlife: Roosevelt Elk, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, other waterfowl, woodpeckers, Hermit Thrush, Hermit Warbler, other songbirds, Northern Red-legged Frog
Property status: O & C Lands administered by the BLM
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