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Address: Bend, OR

A challenging reservoir for fishing.

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Kayaker's Paradise

This is a great place to go if you can get on the water. We kayak here at least once each summer and always have a wonderful time. The best part of kayaking Crane Prairie is the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 25, 2016
Janice J
Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We drove in and took several pictures of birds the lake and the area. Mountains all around. Fishing access to the lake is good

Thank Pamela G
Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Ready to go camping? Here is a wonderful area to enjoy the out of doors. Some campgrounds in the area have cold cold cold water to pump out of the ground. Lots of areas where the springs of water just jump out of the ground.

Thank Ed258536
Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

Crane is one of the best still water fishing you will find in Central OR. Plenty of Rainbows to go around. Can get windy. Not much bank fishing but float tubes work great and of course boats.

1 Thank Frank P
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Once in a lifetime experience. We were driving on the lakes loop highway just west of the northern side of the lake. A sight to behold.

Thank JYoshitomi
Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

This is a great place to go if you can get on the water. We kayak here at least once each summer and always have a wonderful time. The best part of kayaking Crane Prairie is the abundance of wildlife there. We always see bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, cormorants and pelicans. We have seen coyotes trying to raid... More 

Thank Janice J
Lebanon, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2015

Crane Prarie is a reservoir high in the cascade mountains with crystal clear water and great fishing for bass and trout. Once known as a trophy trout fishery it has been hi-jacked to a bass fishery by unscrupulous fishermen who illegally introduced bass to the lake over 20 years ago. The location is beautiful and great campsites exist, as is... More 

Thank K W
Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2015

We had a great day on the water! Just spectacular, no wind and the water was like glass. We paddled for about 5 miles. There were a few fisherman out, but, there is a speed limit on the water and everyone obeyed it. We especially enjoyed paddling around the sunken forest. The trees were part in and part out of... More 

1 Thank 4duffy2
Santa Cruz, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2015

I like Crane Prairie for the great waterfowl- including Osprey! Others love the fishing here. The entire High Cascade Lakes region has so much to offer- it's definitely a great place to visit. I particularly like Crane Prairie in the full moon and also mid August Meteor showers. The large skyscape devoid of any ambient light make this a great... More 

Thank Libi K
Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2015

This open reservoir is great for kayaking when the fishermen are not hogging all the parking. Highly exposed, but still refreshing. Bald eagle nest 'stands' make sightings a bonus. Lots of shoreline to explore. Probably best off-season or weekdays when competition for parking isn't such an issue. That being said, the limited parking keeps the lake from feeling crowded, even... More 

Thank Bruce C
Blue River, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2015

Bad: First of all, ignore advertised 50 amp, there is none. Secondly, owners can be very abrasive & are not concerned with their customers (i.e., or complaints about electricity). There are charges for everything, even a tent in your own rv site + for extra people beyond 4/extra vehicle/showers/etc. Good: A beautiful place to fish, relax, view the scenery &... More 

Thank Georgene K

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