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Hosmer Lake

Address: Bend, OR
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Ranked #7 of 23 Attractions in Bend
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Kayaking, Fishing
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Kayaking, Fishing
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Bend, Oregon, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I love this lake. Great place to kayak or canoe. The lake is filled with giant Atlantic Salmon. You can only fly fish here and cannot keep the fish. Very clear water. Go early, it can get busy

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Bend, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Completely clear water, you can see the bottom no matter where you are on the lake. Views from any direction and it was not crowded. It is not your typical big round lake.... it has small tributaries and fingers to explore. Highly recommend!

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Bendoregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There are not motors on Hosmer Lake. It is perfect for paddle boards, canoes, float tubes, and row boats. You can also camp in the campground there.

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Bend, Oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Good place to take the kayak. Better in the early summer as it can get shallow. Great views of nature. Relaxing. Mt. Bachelor and South Sister in close proximity.

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Bend, Oregon
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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35 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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37 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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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