The lake has two concession-operated lodges around its perimeter. Built in 1916, Lake Crescent Lodge (360/928-3211, www.lakecrescentlodge.com , $99–158 d lodge, $180–231 cottages, Apr.–Oct. only) is a cozy place with a comfortable feeling from decades of guests, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who stayed here in 1937.
Sit on the porch for incredible views of the mountains and Lake Crescent , or lounge in front of the big fireplace on a cool evening. The lodge has all sorts of accommodations, including lodge rooms (bath down the hall), cottages (some with fireplaces), and modern motel units. The lodge has a restaurant and gift shop, and rents rowboats.
Rent out motel rooms, rustic cabins, or waterfront A-frame chalets at Log Cabin Resort (three miles from Hwy. 101 on E. Beach Rd., 360/928-3325, www.logcabinresort.net , $89–145 d, Apr.–Oct. only) at the northeast end of the lake. There are also camping cabins ($55) available for those with simple tastes. Many of the buildings have stood here since the 1920s. In addition to accommodations, the resort also has meals, a gift shop, grocery store, RV and tent sites, and rowboat, paddleboat, canoe, and kayak rentals.
East of Lake Crescent  is the smaller Lake Sutherland, a popular place to swim. Lake Sutherland Lodge B&B (360/928-2111 or 888/231-1444, $65–90 s or d) is a modern log home with a covered deck facing the lake. The four guest rooms have private or shared baths, and a full breakfast is served.