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Heavenly Views

Easy access, can get very crowded, but the views are worth it! Bring mosquito repellent and water... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Washington State
Check out the mountain views!

Wonderful lake for kayaking .. But toward end of summer it may not become very shallow. The views... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
Holly B
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Easy access, can get very crowded, but the views are worth it! Bring mosquito repellent and water. Scenes from Rooster Cogburn were shot here.

Thank Run4Fun262
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Wonderful lake for kayaking .. But toward end of summer it may not become very shallow. The views are incredible from this lake.

Thank Holly B
Reviewed 10 April 2017

You have to drive up the mountain about 1500 ft from Bend and then down a dirt road so don't take your Cadillac unless you have a carwasher at home ready to do clean up. Beautiful lake. No, crazy beautiful lake with mountain views and...More

Thank Teresa A
Reviewed 30 January 2017

This review is more than just Sparks Lake which is great but I am telling you that you have to travel the entire Century Drive. There are a number of lakes along this route and will take you through beautiful country. Check out the whole...More

1  Thank Jerry F
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Sparks Lake is a great place to explore in your canoe or kayak. There are little coves along the shore and an incredible view of South Sister and Broken Top. If you don't want to be on the water, take a picnic and a chair...More

1  Thank ElizabethV1950
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We had a harder time finding the entrance (there is minor construction in the area) for this area but after a couple tries we found it. The area is very peaceful with great views of the northern mountains (three sisters). There is a short hike...More

1  Thank foolfortravel77
Reviewed 23 September 2016

A rough road to get there but passable to most cars. When you arrive the views of South Sister over the lake are fantastic.

Thank Edmund1138
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Its hard for us to go to Bend without doing this hike. The views of sisters and broken top are amazing and the lava tube terrain is pretty special. Not long or hard hikes so good for couples and families. Make sure you have a...More

1  Thank Dan L
Reviewed 10 September 2016

What a wonderful lake for the beginning kayaker to practice and at the same time enjoy amazing scenery.

Thank beth w
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Went to Sparks lake for a camping trip - great spots right on the lake - took the kayaks out - parts of the lake are a bit shallow so watch out for rocks - but the views are tremendous. Also, there is a Ray...More

2  Thank RNA1958
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Samantha H
Would it be way too cold to camp at the end of May? Also, I've read there are paddle-in campsites, but are there any you don't need to paddle to? Thanks!
6 April 2017|
Response from Jerry F | Reviewed this property |
Way to cold? No but it won't be hot either. You are in the Cascade Mountains at 5500 feet, It could snow, hail, rain or be sunny. Be prepared for most any type of weather and you should have a great time.
Ivory E
Does anyone know if the highway is still closed in March?
6 January 2017|
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Response from ChuckOregon | Reviewed this property |
I do believe the highway this year will be closed at least to the end of March. It is January 6 and there is about 10 feet with three more months of snow. About four or five years ago it the road was closed until the... More
Kinsey J
Is there much snowfall at the lake near the end of November? Or will the lake be frozen by then do you think?
27 October 2016|
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Response from Mariadelcabo | Reviewed this property |
Cascade Lakes Highway is usually closed by the end of November.