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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Reading other reviews, it gets busy here. Yes, I think the locals all know to come here. The lake is so beautiful and clear. It's shallow so you can walk pretty far out if you want. We came to hike ar...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Great spot to get away and enjoy nature. Be advised the parking lot is a zoo and seems to be packed every day during summer. Bald Eagles, osprey, and many other wildlife. Not many fish though.  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    Listen up! Don't just take your SUP rental down the Deschutes River by the Old Mill District! Everyone's doing it! Take 'em on up to Sparks Lake. Very few people, the lake is quite calm, and there is ...  more »

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