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Sparks Lake

Bend, OR
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Ranked #3 of 27 attractions in Bend
Type: Bodies of Water
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Walnut Creek, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Wonderful views, great playground for canoes and floatables...Sparks lake (boatramp and trail side) is an amazing place tucked away behind Mt. Bachelor and has views of South Sister and Broken Top. I fell in love! Would I go back? You betcha

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Beavercreek, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We have just returned from our canoe trip at Sparks Lake. Truly a beautiful spot and a nice flatwater paddle. We camped near the boat launch and that night there was some sort of party happening, with cars on both sides of the road making it difficult to get past to the boat launch. Then around midnight a thunder storm... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We love this lake because it has an ADA trail with a beautiful view of several Cascade peaks. This allows our paraplegic son access to the forest which he loved to do prior to his accident. We as a family need to work towards creating more such trails in Oregon.

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I kayaked here with my 11-year-old son in June 2014. It was absolutely stunning. Some tips: Directions: Go to the first big lake just west (maybe 5 miles?) of Mt Bachelor. Follow sign to boat launch. Remember to bring cash for the iron ranger. When we were there it was $5. There is no store near here. Bring everything you... More

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Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
27 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

If you are a kayak, canoe or SUP this place is surely heaven for you. Shallow, sand bottom with crystal clear water. For us hikers, the going is easy for priceless views. There were sections of the trail that were covered with blow downs seasons old, leaving a lot of guessing on whether you were actually on the trail or... More

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West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were encouraged to visit Sparks Lake by another hiker who was on her way back from the lake. She suggested we take the road to the boat launch, a winding dusty road that seemed to go on forever...and then we were treated to a breath-taking view of Sparks Lake with snow-topped mountains in the background. There are several trails... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went kayaking there last summer and loved it. Will be kayaking there this summer as well. Great scenery!

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Bend, OR
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Fabulous Alpine lake - shallow - you can see flora, fauna and fish! A great lake for kayaking or SUP. Always a great day trip!

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Bend, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Perfect lake for launching your kayak or canoe! Stunning scenery, water views and rock formations! My husband and I launched our kayaks and spent 1 1/2 hours out on the water. We had our two dogs with us (they love the kayaks as much as we do). Afterwards we ate lunch by the lake and took the dogs for a... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

A very pretty area with quite a few hiking trails. Handicap accessible on one trail along the lake. Very nice for sunrise/sunset photography with South Sister mountain reflecting in the lake. Restroom at the parking lot.

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