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Little Cultus Lake, Bend

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Little Cultus Lake is a natural lake in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. Near its larger and more popular twin Cultus Lake to the north on the other side of Cultus Mountain, it is located in the Deschutes National Forest in the Cascade Range. Like Cultus Lake, it is named after the Chinook Jargon word "cultus", meaning "in vain" or "worthless".LocationLittle Cultus Lake is located a little more than 2mi directly south of Cultus Lake, and 50mi southwest of Bend. It is located off of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, which winds through the terrain featuring similar natural lakes.ActivitiesLittle Cultus Lake is known for its fishing of Rainbow trout and brook trout, the latter of which was stocked by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife until in 1997. Fly fishing, bank fishing, and trolling are the most common fishing methods on the lake. Since the brook trout are no longer stocked, they are a bit more rare than the rainbows. They are usually 8to but are occasionally as long as 16in.Little Cultus Lake has a campground with 31 campsites, as well as a paved boat launch. It is located toward the southeast side of the lake.
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Where to stay in Bend

Since many people come to Bend to experience the outdoors, it's no surprise that many lodges and bed and breakfasts here are designed to resemble log cabins. Consider a stay near the scenic Deschutes River for scenic views. You'll find a few chain hotels with comfortable standard rooms in the downtown area.
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  • Visiting the area was beautiful but heart wrenching to see some of the area destroyed by fire. Still a lot of birds, eagles and fishing is good  more »
  • Being very new to kayaking my wife and I are looking for new adventures. Little Cultus was our forth try in our kayaks. Little Cultus is an O.K. Kayaking venue. It is a smaller lake, with trees on eve...  more »
  • Little Cultus is my favorite place to visit. Beautiful places to take pictures. Campground. Quiet. Also close to the Cultus Lake Lodge should you need anything.  more »