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Address: Bend, OR
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A challenging reservoir for fishing.

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Great camping and fishing

Crane Prarie is a reservoir high in the cascade mountains with crystal clear water and great fishing for bass and trout. Once known as a trophy trout fishery it has been hi-jacked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2015
K W
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Lebanon, Oregon
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Lebanon, Oregon
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80 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Crane Prarie is a reservoir high in the cascade mountains with crystal clear water and great fishing for bass and trout. Once known as a trophy trout fishery it has been hi-jacked to a bass fishery by unscrupulous fishermen who illegally introduced bass to the lake over 20 years ago. The location is beautiful and great campsites exist, as is... More 

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Thank K W
Bend, Oregon
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199 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We had a great day on the water! Just spectacular, no wind and the water was like glass. We paddled for about 5 miles. There were a few fisherman out, but, there is a speed limit on the water and everyone obeyed it. We especially enjoyed paddling around the sunken forest. The trees were part in and part out of... More 

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Thank 4duffy2
Santa Cruz, California
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142 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I like Crane Prairie for the great waterfowl- including Osprey! Others love the fishing here. The entire High Cascade Lakes region has so much to offer- it's definitely a great place to visit. I particularly like Crane Prairie in the full moon and also mid August Meteor showers. The large skyscape devoid of any ambient light make this a great... More 

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Thank Libi K
Sacramento, California
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

This open reservoir is great for kayaking when the fishermen are not hogging all the parking. Highly exposed, but still refreshing. Bald eagle nest 'stands' make sightings a bonus. Lots of shoreline to explore. Probably best off-season or weekdays when competition for parking isn't such an issue. That being said, the limited parking keeps the lake from feeling crowded, even... More 

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Thank Bruce C
Blue River, Oregon
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Bad: First of all, ignore advertised 50 amp, there is none. Secondly, owners can be very abrasive & are not concerned with their customers (i.e., or complaints about electricity). There are charges for everything, even a tent in your own rv site + for extra people beyond 4/extra vehicle/showers/etc. Good: A beautiful place to fish, relax, view the scenery &... More 

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Thank Georgene K
Vancouver, Washington
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328 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Fabulous fishing and a wonderful spot for families. I've been going there for 50 years and it is an awesome place to check in with nature.

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Thank LLP1957
Bend, Oregon
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491 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We love to take a drive up the High Cascade Lakes Hwy whenever we have family in town. We stop at all the lakes and resorts and have lunch a one and get ice cream at another. We always stop in and take a look at the resort at Crane Prairie, we found the owners okay and not surly, but... More 

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1 Thank Chowa-Rides-Again
Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Beware when making reservations that the owner is not easy to deal with. She warns you that she will charge you if you have to cancel and she will tell you that she may not put you in the spot you reserve. There are rules and rules and warnings everywhere. The owner acts as if all customers are just a... More 

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6 Thank ArloFamily
La Pine
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71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Out of the six times we have visited Crane Prairie, the last one was the first time the water was like glass! This is the first time we have kayaked this lake and the last time. You compete with motor boats so you are constantly turning your nose to face their wake, campers were loud and noisy, you could hear... More 

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7 Thank blondie T
Woodburn, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We weren't satisfy and not happy. They shoud post in the website about the schedule of showers not at the door of the shower who's going to read that especially people that busy going fishing and not coming back ontime. This is the only campsite that they close their shower very early as far as we know everywhere else are... More 

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6 Thank Roselyn B

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