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Todd Lake, Bend

#9 of 15 in Nature in Bend
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Todd Lake is a natural lake near the crest of the Cascade Range in central Oregon in the United States. The lake covers 45 acres (18 ha). It is named in honor of John Y. Todd, an early settler in Central Oregon. Today, the lake and surrounding forest is managed by the United States Forest Service as part of the Deschutes National Forest. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks the lake with brook trout. There is a day-use area and a rustic campground located on the west shore of the lake. In the summer, Todd Lake is a popular outdoor recreation site for picnicking, fishing, hiking, and nature viewing. In the winter, trails in the Todd Lake area are used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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  • Rough road to get to. Not long (about 200 meters), just lots of pot holes. Lots of parking however once you get there. Lake and scenery are incredibly beautiful. Loses points because there are no...  more »
  • This is an easy hike that's close to Bend. Nice wild flowers in June and swimmable in August. Just a couple of miles around on a well used train. a short but steep hike on the west end gets a...  more »
  • This used to be a lovely lake to visit in the Cascades, but it's now so popular that finding parking is a nightmare and it's ridiculously overcrowded. I can no longer recommend it unless you get...  more »
  • Easy afternoon hike. Great for families with little kids, elderly, or those not suited for difficult hikes.
  • Oh Todd, you are lovely. I'm glad you decided to be away from the parking lot. Your mosquitos can bug me but I'll wait to see you in late July or August when they are gone. Todd, Todd, Todd. Yup.
  • Beautiful lake with view of Mt. BACHLOR and wild flowers in spring/summer. However, if you go in the summer months, there are a million vicious mosqitoes that will bite through clothing and hats. Unless you have mosquito net clothing, stay away from May to September.
  • Easy little jaunt. It was my sons' first time hiking out of the backpack and he did awesome! We had amazing views of Mt. Bachelor and found some little fish for him to catch and release (in buckets).
  • Gorgeous hike around the lake with great mountain views - easy access

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