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Hosmer Lake

Bend, OR
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Ranked #6 of 27 Attractions in Bend
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Kayaking, Fishing
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Bend, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We love to kayak at Hosmer. From the launch site you paddle across some open water and the follow a water path through the reeds. The water is fairly shallow and you can look down and see really big fish? There are fishermen along the way. When the path finally opens up to the main lake it is just gorgeous.... More

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Wanting to try a different lake hike, I took the recommendation of a friend and headed up thinking I would have a similar hiking experience to Todd Lake. Sadly, I misunderstood her advice. The banks are very marshy and really no trail to speak of. I will, however, come back with my SUP next time!

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A gorgeous lake and not highly used. Excellent for any level of water experience. A peaceful kayak trip with opportunities to view Mt. Bachelor.

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San Diego, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We tried kayaking for the first time here and were really happy with the result! I wasn't sure what it was going to be like, but the fact that the water is so calm made it a cinch. The kayak rental prices are reasonable. Caution----on a busy summer day or weekend, arrive early. By the time we returned from our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We went kayaking with some relatives at Hosmer Lake ... it was really relaxing and nice ... we saw some osprey and supposedly there are Bald Eagles as well some times. Perfect for Kayaking with a parking lot adjacent that lends itself to kayakers. I took a dip and fair warning even in July the water is FREEZING!

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Pensacola, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We tool a Wanderlust Tour to canoe on Hosmer Lake. Our guide, Courtney was fantastic. She gave a good briefing on canoeing and safety before we took to the lake. Her biology lessons were very helpful-we saw osprey and eagles and redwinged blackbirds. She ended our tour with a philosophical reading from a favorite author of hers which was musch... More

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Quartzsite, Arizona
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Favorite place to paddle when in the area. The lake is stunning. No gas motors. Twists and turns keeps the paddle interesting. Paddle to the end and then upstream to see the waterfall. Weekends are a zoo, so try to go during the week.

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Bend
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It looks like a tiny little lake . . . and it is until you explore some of the channels and arms to the lake. The main part of the lake near the boat ramp appears to be dark water due to the bottom. Once you get out into the channels and arms . . .the water is crystal clear... More

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Bend, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

hosmer lake is a great non motorized lake, to do in a canoe,kayak, or any other. takes you through a maze of water lilies at first then it opens up out to the lake that has a bottom of white ash so the water looks Caribbean it spots, but man its cold. if you paddle across and head to the... More

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Hosmer Lake is a great place to kayak or canoe. It's a beautiful setting and a unique place for an outing. My wife and I go one or two times a season.

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