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Hosmer Lake, Bend

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Hosmer Lake is a natural body of water in the central Cascade Range in the U.S. state of Oregon. Nearly 5000ft above sea level, the lake is part of a volcanic landscape about 20mi west-southwest of Bend along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. In 1962, the United States Board on Geographic Names changed the name from Mud Lake to Hosmer Lake in honor of Paul Hosmer, a naturalist from Bend.Hosmer Lake is about 5mi west of Mount Bachelor in Deschutes National Forest. Nearby lakes include Elk, Sparks, Blow, Doris, Lava, and Little Lava.Encroaching vegetation is gradually turning Hosmer Lake into a marsh. The lake bottom consists of mud and peat, and mosses and aquatic plants restrict the open water. Water lilies and bullrushes are prevalent.RecreationFormerly populated by trash fish, including carp, the lake was treated with rotenone in 1957 and restocked with Atlantic salmon. The landlocked salmon experiment proved successful, and in the 21st century the lake has been called "one of the richest lakes in the Deschutes National Forest". The lake supports populations of "very large" brook trout as well as "deep-bodied" salmon. Only fly-fishing with barbless flies is permitted on Hosmer Lake, and salmon must be released if caught. Boats with electric motors may slowly ply the lake, which is also open to canoes and other non-motorized craft.
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  • The fishing here is still good but don't expect to have the lake to yourself unless you get there at first light. Simply beautiful views of the west side of Mt. Bachelor with reflections on the mounta...  more »
  • We went to the lake to paddle our kayaks because there are no motors allowed on the lake. The wind was too great for one of our paddlers so we just ate lunch and left. It is a national forest day use ...  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous! A little quieter than Sparks Lake. Paddling through the area seeing more big fish than I have ever seen in the wild. Great mountain views. A must see place.  more »
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  • This is a beautiful lake my wife and I went there to kayak in mid October. It was a great trip even though half the lake was frozen over.
  • Don't come here, there are way too many kayakers all day. You spend more time dodging oncoming traffic than you do enjoying the scenery. Just look at a satillite image on Google maps and you can see for yourself.
  • Such a great place to enjoy the quite in nature while paddling through the beauty!
  • High lake gem.. High traffic jam
  • Best cascade lake for floating or catch and release fly fishing from a boat
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