Crane Prairie Reservoir, Bend

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Crane Prairie Reservoir is a man-made lake located about 42mi southwest of Bend in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. The reservoir is named for the cranes that thrive in its habitat and for the upper Deschutes River prairie that once covered the area before the dam on the Deschutes was constructed in 1922. Eighteen years later, in 1940, the dam was rebuilt by the Bureau of Reclamation. The reservoir now serves as one of Oregon's largest rainbow trout fisheries. The heaviest fish ever caught in the lake was a 19lb trout.The Deschutes River, which originates at Little Lava Lake, flows south for 8.4mi to Crane Prairie Reservoir. The river leaves the reservoir via the dam and continues south to Wickiup Reservoir.
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  • The campground is good for dry camping. The sites are huge, mosquitoes are plentiful, lake is close by. Several of us kayaked with no issues. The lake appeared beautiful. A few of swam or floated casu...  more »
  • We drove around this lake as part of the Cascades Lake Scenic Tour. The area had had a lot of rain and snowfall and all the lakes were to the point of overflow. The areas were pristine and the water c...  more »
  • After a respite, we have returned to this body of water because it boasts the biggest trout in the area. It is an absolute delight to hook into 20 inch, 4 lb. rainbows that can pull the rod out of you...  more »
  • We drove past this lake in early June as part of the Cascades Lakes tour. The area had had good rain and snowfall and all the lakes were filled. This area was really spectacular it was so blue and all the surround shores had new green grass. All the facilities we clean and well maintained. We stayed here a good hour just walking around taking photos.
  • Large cascade lake. Fairly shallow and home to really large rainbow trout. Lakeside camping sites have boat parking at the site. Bald eagles are commonly seen. Showers and other services are available.
  • Beautiful place to camp.
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