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Sparks Lake, Bend

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Water Body · Nature / Park
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 26 miles (42 km) 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.
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  • Breathtaking mountain views ( South Sister, Broken Top, Mount Bachelor) from a shallow lake. We found a short “hike” more like a walk and we were glad we brought the paddle board for the experience...  more »
  • Stunning mountain views. Shallow water. Peaceful and calm. Could you want any more than that? This lake has it all. If you’re driving to the boat launch area, just be warned that the road is truly...  more »
  • 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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