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Sparks Lake, Bend

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Sparks Lake is a natural body of water near the crest of the central Cascade Range in Deschutes County in the U.S. state of Oregon. The lake is about 26mi west-southwest of Bend along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway in Deschutes National Forest. Named for a 19th-century rancher, "Lige" Sparks, the water body is a remnant of a bigger lake that has partly filled with sediment and vegetation.Many of the region's mountain peaks, such as Mount Bachelor, Three Sisters, and Broken Top, are visible from the lake. Other lakes in the vicinity include Todd, Elk, Hosmer, Blow, and Doris.HydrologyLike many lakes in the region, Sparks Lake does not have any visible outflow. However, the surface level of the lake is below the regional water table; as such, the lake does not technically form an endorheic basin, and thus feeds springs in the surrounding area. The lake and its basin is generally believed to be part of the Deschutes River drainage area, part of the greater Columbia River basin.
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  • Drove up to Dparks Lake to hike. The snow had started fallen no the evening before so the area was covered in snow. Absolutely beautiful!  more »
  • Just a short drive down a stone road off the main highway between Mount Bachelor and Bend. You can park at the side of the stone road and there are many paths from the road to the lake, many only a fe...  more »
  • One of the alpine lakes that dot the Cascade Lakes Highway, Sparks is on of the more accessible. There is a road (dirt) which takes you back to the boat ramp. No amenities, but great for camping, hiki...  more »
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  • A gorgeous alpine lake, nestled on the flank of Mt. Bachelor. An easy drive from Bend, but does require driving nearly two miles on a dirt road. Plenty of clearance, but it is rough in places. $5 day use fee, best to purchase before you get here. Perfect sized lake for human powered recreation!
  • Amazing lake in the Cascades. Most of the lake is about 2 feet deep towards the end of summer, crystal clear, and ice cold. Beautiful scenery and quite peaceful if you're there in the morning.
  • Simply the best lake there is. Perfect views of the cascades, clam and serene water, and not really ever crowded. There's a silent magic to this place.
  • One of most beautiful lakes in the area.
  • Sparks lake is stunning. The South sister, Broken Top and Bachelor Butte reflect perfectly in it's still waters. It's a picture perfect scene along Oregon's famed Cascade Lakes Highway. Some of the best views are a little difficult to get to, but it's worth the trip and the adventure of hiking around.

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