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Suttle Lake Oregon: Places to shoot outdoors nearby?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by Trig, May 10, 2013.

  1. Trig

    Trig Beaverton, OR New Member

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    We are planning to visit Suttle Lake (NW of Sisters, Oregon).
    Are there places to target shoot outdoors nearby?
    50 yards with a good backstop would work great.

    Trig
     
  2. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    all over the place, take any of the side roads till you find something you like.
     
  3. padd54

    padd54 Central Oregon/Cascades Active Member

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    Go South and West of the lake on the FS roads. Make sure you are at least 1/4 mile from the road and there are no campers within the same distance.

    You have an entire National Forest to explore.

    Safe shooting.
     
  4. Trig

    Trig Beaverton, OR New Member

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    Thank You.

    I sure love this site, great advice and smart people!

    Triy


     
  5. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Good fishing there as well as long as you don't get blown off the lake in the afternoon. Check out the huge hand carved doors on the lodge - beautiful craftsmanship.
     
  6. AlphaCoyote

    AlphaCoyote Oh, I get around. New Member

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    All good info. I just moved from Oregon, and I've shot in that area a lot. All the state highways leading to and from the Suttle Lake/Sisters area are filled with secondary FS roads. It will be obvious to you when you get there. Don't nail targets to trees or use them as backstops. And please remember to pick up your brass; it's beautiful country. Best to keep it that way. And like camping, it's better if the shooters disperse and leave no trace. Otherwise, it becomes a "shooting place" and soon gets trashed.
     
  7. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Ory'gun Active Member

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    There is a large cinder pit a few miles East of Suttle Lake just off the Highway. Heading towards Sisters you'll pass Black Butte, Indian Ford, and then Cold Springs Cutoff on the Right.. about 1/4 of a mile more on the Left is a cinder road with a short paved section and a Stop sign. The pit is maybe a half mile up the cinder road, it's easily the best shooting spot around.
     
  8. Trig

    Trig Beaverton, OR New Member

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    We went to the place described by Juggernaut. The directions were excellent, found it without problem. Short drive to the shooting location on a smooth, low dust dirt road. Great location, easy to find, nice calm 80 degree day. Had a great time!

    Thank You,

    Trig

    p.s. there were several vehicles just off the paved road. We saw people gathering something (pine cones?). Nobody was at the shooting pit about 1/2 mile away.


     
  9. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Ory'gun Active Member

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    Glad to help, it's a great place to shoot.

    It's usually empty but there's plenty of room to share if needed and you'll usually only run into locals, so no need to worry about being jacked by tweakers.

    If you happened to notice big piles of black trash bags along the road then they where probably gathering pine cones.
     
  10. Trig

    Trig Beaverton, OR New Member

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    Glad you posted and everybody else also. We drove around Suttle lake too. Plenty of side roads and places to shoot but not as convenient as the one you posted. Unfortunately we only had a few days there. We'll go back though. Hopefully we'll be able to shoot if ammo is available again, all the local (Beaverton/Tigard) retailers are out of stock of everything. I've never seen availability so poor before...sigh.

    Thanks Again,

    Trig


     
  11. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    And don't forget the two biggest 'pet peeves' of the FS LEO - proper backstop and do NOT hang targets on trees - living or dead.