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Sparks Lake, Bend

4.7
#5 of 16 in Nature in Bend
Sparks Lake is a natural body of water near the crest of the central Cascade Range in Deschutes County in the U.S. state of Oregon. The lake is about 26mi west-southwest of Bend along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway in Deschutes National Forest. Named for a 19th-century rancher, "Lige" Sparks, the water body is a remnant of a bigger lake that has partly filled with sediment and vegetation.
Many of the region's mountain peaks, such as Mount Bachelor, Three Sisters, and Broken Top, are visible from the lake. Other lakes in the vicinity include Todd, Elk, Hosmer, Blow, and Doris.
Like many lakes in the region, Sparks Lake does not have any visible outflow. However, the surface level of the lake is below the regional water table; as such, the lake does not technically form an endorheic basin, and thus feeds springs in the surrounding area. The lake and its basin is generally believed to be part of the Deschutes River drainage area, part of the greater Columbia River basin.
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  • Pretty little lake in the Deschutes National Forest, near Mt. Bachelor. Long, rough dirt road leading in from the highway, very popular for canoers and kayakers, resulting in difficult parking. Paved ...  more »
  • The views are spectacular and the trail is level and pretty easy for children about six and up I would say. There are numerous spots to stop for a picnick and take in the beautiful lake. I especially ...  more »
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  • Beautiful lake, but over run with tourist. Need to really time your visit right if you want to be able to find parking.
  • Beautiful area. Water really low. To low for paddle board

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