A large marshy lake in Deschutes National Forest.
Lake Name: Sparks Lake
Lake Coordinates: 44.01448, -121.74465
Lake Elevation: 5427'
Access: Drive up
Note: This is a sprawling lake with many points of access. Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking in the Day Use Area.
The moment I saw this lake I knew I wanted to explore it by kayaking, but I sadly didn't have mine with me. There were many points of access for this lake. There were spots to pull off along the highway, viewing areas, and a forest service road that went to a day use area.
The lake had many large marshy areas as well as large areas of open water. It was a fairly large, sprawling lake. I drove down the bumpy road that lead to the day use area which had a nice sandy shoreline. I got out of my car and walked to the edge. It was a truly beautiful lake with an incredible view of South Sister. I plan to come back to this lake and explore more in the future.
I had started to wear out from a day full of exploring and was really wearing out, so I didn't get to spend as much time here as I wanted.
Day Use Area shoreline: 44.01410, -121.73666
How to get there (from Bend, OR)
Take SW Century Dr. out of Bend (which turns into Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway) for 23.7 miles. Turn left on FS 4600-400 and continue for 1.6 miles to Day Use Area.
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