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Sparks Lake

Address: Bend, OR
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Ranked #5 of 17 Attractions in Bend
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Portland, Oregon
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135 reviews 135 reviews
13 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Although the road to and from the boat ramp was harrowing in the first snowfall, it was one of the most beautiful vistas we have ever enjoyed. I'll upload a photo!

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Dorset, Vermont
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I spent my 38th birthday kayak camping at Sparks Lake. We arrived on Friday morning and were lucky enough to find a camp site. The lake is beautiful, no question about it, but there are way too many day users. The parking lot was packed. I'm surprised the Forest Service doesn't regulate camping here.

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Snoqualmie
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

One of the most easily accessible beautiful lakes around. Don't miss it. Perfect day trip from Bend, not an isolated area so expect company but is beautiful.

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Nottingham, UK
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

What a heavenly place, luckily we virtually had the place to ourselves which an added bonus. So quiet and serene - would definitely recommend the stop off.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We were driving the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway when we came upon this gem. The road in is a little dicey but well worth it. So quiet and serene and beautiful. Some cayakers were setting out and I thought it would be wonderful to glide along these waters.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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192 reviews 192 reviews
79 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Another of the lakes which we were recommended to go and see by one of the rangers. This lake has lovely shades of blue and green. Again easy to access and stop to picnic or walk one of the trails.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We visited Sparks in early September for some Kayaking. The majority of the lake was quite shallow- approximately 2-3 feet deep. We did find one arm that was perfect though at the SE portion of the lake. We still had a wonderful time and when I go back I plan on going earlier in the summer and hiking around the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Beautiful views, but too shallow to kayak . Not only did the adults bottom out but the children did as well. Will hit it again in the spring

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We drove up the mountain with the intention of going to Elk Lake but there were so many people that it really wasn't an option. My sister was here from Iowa and I wanted to give her a close up view of the mountains. We did the little trail at Sparks Lake and had a great view with less crowds.... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This lake is so convenient. You don't have to travel too far out of bend on the Cascade Lakes Highway. It is just beautiful. It also has a little hiking trail that is not too long of a loop.

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