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Address: Bend, OR
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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 September 2016
foolfortravel77
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Minnesota

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 on a nice path. The scenery is great and I would recommend it. Make sure... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 camera.

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Thank Dan L
Tenino, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

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

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 Atkinson trail that is a very easy hike and very beautiful.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The water level was down a bit, but it was a great place to see the Perseid (meteor showers). There is camping, kayaking, fishing, hiking . . . .

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Baguio, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

My first kayaking experience was here today -amazing. Views like you won't believe. Great photo ops at every Bend (pun intended) in the lake. A truly magical place for one to combine with nature.

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Thank kadampa
Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Went kayaking with the hubbins. Lots of space, great scenery, smooth water, plenty of places to take out and enjoy lunch or go for a hike. It's not a long drive from Bend but that means there are lots of people! Fortunately, there was a gray sky so most folks left, thinking a storm was imminent. The storm never passed... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Although the crowds have increased exponentially over the last couple of years, Sparks is still a family favorite to canoe on once or twice a year. Easy access from Bend, Sparks provides for shallow paddling, calm waters and spectacular views of the Cascades surrounding it. Nice beaches and coves can be found and used to get away from the boat... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

With two young kids (9 & 6) we paddled the entire length of the lake. Clear, shallow water; lots of nooks & crannies to explore; incredible panoramic view of South Sister, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor; plenty of wildlife. Get there early, endure the chilly temps and you will be rewarded with seclusion. Mid-to-late morning the place gets crowded even... More 

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