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Sparks Lake

Bend, OR
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Ranked #5 of 27 Attractions in Bend
Type: Bodies of Water
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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
25 helpful votes 25 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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189 reviews 189 reviews
78 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 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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Westfield, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We hiked the loop at Sparks Lake last week and all the enthralled reviewers are certainly correct. I firmly believe that this is what heaven looks and feels like. What a great morning we had here!

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Bend, Oregon
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51 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

So, as locals this is one of our favorite places. Great views. Great kayaking and Paddle boarding. Great camping. Great hiking here and nearby. Amazing ohotography. Tips: Go early in summer - the lake's water levels do drop significantly starting in August and into September some places less than a foot deep, watch for exposed rocks Go early in the... More

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