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Sparks Lake in Oregon

A beautiful natural lake in the central Cascade Range

Best time: June–November

Sparks Lake
Sparks Lake
Sparks Lake
Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake is located in 27 mi (43 km) west-southwest of Bend off the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway in Deschutes National Forest, Oregon. It was named after a 19th-century pioneer "Lige" Sparks, a rancher in central Oregon. The lake boasts views with the stunning Three Sisters, Mount Bachelor, and Broken Top Peak, on the backdrop. It features a boat launch operated by the United States Forest Service. Sparks Lake is also a popular fly fishing destination for brook trout and stocked cutthroat trout. The lake is about 7 ft (2 m) deep.

Sparks Lake covers about 370 acres (150 hectares). It is surrounded by meadow, marsh, and wetland area, abundant with birds and wildlife. Lush forests, green meadows, and small ponds covered by yellow Indian pond lilies are a beautiful summer getaway. The best time to visit Sparks Lake is from June through November.

Sparks Lake features about 22 backcountry campsites, located around its shore offering privacy and scenic setting for a perfect camping weekend.

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When is a good time to visit Sparks Lake?

A good time to visit Sparks Lake is from June to November for pleasant weather and scenic views. Visitors can enjoy fishing, camping, and exploring the area. During winter, the lake is inaccessible due to heavy snow. In spring, the water level can rise due to snowmelt. Show more

What is the location of Sparks Lake?

Sparks Lake is situated in Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, USA. It is approximately 27 miles (43 km) west of Bend, accessible via Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. With its surrounding mountains, it is a must-see destination for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike. Show more

Which fishes could be found in Sparks Lake?

Brook trout and cutthroat trout are popular catches in Sparks Lake. Brook trout can be found in the lake's north end while cutthroats are found in the south end. Brook trout season lasts from June to September while cutthroat trout fishing is ideal from late August to October. Visitors should secure appropriate fishing licenses before fishing in the lake. Show more

What is the approximate depth of Sparks Lake?

Sparks Lake measures about 7ft (2m) deep, considered relatively shallow in Oregon. Its small depth makes it perfect for fly fishing, allowing anglers to wade or float safely. Visitors could also try kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding while enjoying the stunning mountain views in the background. Show more

What are the accommodation choices near Sparks Lake?

Backcountry campsites around the lake's shores offer around 22 campsites; a popular choice for those who like privacy and beautiful views. Luxury accommodations can be found in nearby Bend, such as hotels, motels, and vacation rentals. Visitors highly recommend Wall Street Suites, The Oxford Hotel, and Tetherow Lodges for a luxurious stay. Show more

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