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Todd Lake, Bend

4.8
#7 of 16 in Nature in Bend
Todd Lake is a natural lake near the crest of the Cascade Range in central Oregon in the United States. The lake covers 45acre. It is named in honor of John Y. Todd, an early settler in Central Oregon. Today, the lake and surrounding forest is managed by the United States Forest Service as part of the Deschutes National Forest. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks the lake with brook trout. There is a day-use area and a rustic campground located on the west shore of the lake. In the summer, Todd Lake is a popular outdoor recreation site for picnicking, fishing, hiking, and nature viewing. In the winter, trails in the Todd Lake area are used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Originally, Todd Lake was called "Lost Lake" because it was difficult for people to find. In the early 20th century, citizens of Bend, Oregon, asked that the name of the lake be changed to avoid confusion with several other Oregon lakes with the same name. In 1922, the name of the lake was officially changed to Todd Lake. The name honors John Y. Todd, an early pioneer in central Oregon. Todd immigrated to Oregon in 1852. In 1860, he built the first bridge across the Deschutes River. Later, he became a successful cattle rancher. Todd founded of the Farewell Bend Ranch, which gave the city of Bend its name.
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  • Parking is very limited. Go on a weekday! Nice hike around the lake. Perfect for a picnic. This is a great destination for XC skiiing and snow shoeing.  more »
  • Todd Lake has a very easy walk into the lake area. We did not walk around the lake (mobility issues), but enjoy sitting and watching the birds and view.  more »
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  • Beautiful Nordic ski in winter from bachelor parking
  • Gorgeous hike around the lake with great mountain views - easy access

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