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Todd Lake, Bend

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Todd Lake is a natural lake near the crest of the Cascade Range in central Oregon in the United States. The lake covers 45acre. 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.HistoryOriginally, Todd Lake was called "Lost Lake" because it was difficult for people to find. In the early 20th century, citizens of Bend, Oregon, asked that the name of the lake be changed to avoid confusion with several other Oregon lakes with the same name. In 1922, the name of the lake was officially changed to Todd Lake. The name honors John Y. Todd, an early pioneer in central Oregon. Todd immigrated to Oregon in 1852. In 1860, he built the first bridge across the Deschutes River. Later, he became a successful cattle rancher. Todd founded of the Farewell Bend Ranch, which gave the city of Bend its name.
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  • Dec 2017 hasn't been kind with it's snow but it was still a beautiful walk into the lake. It's a nice ~4 mile hike from the Mt. Bachelor ski area.  more »
  • Wow - labor day monday midday - practically had the lake all to ourselves . Easy two mile hike around the lake. Great broken top view when you walk around. So nice that nobody was here - saw a few flo...  more »
  • This a beautiful spot, but it is a hot tourist spot so parking and crowds can be a problem. That said: the lake, short hike around, views of Mount Bachelor, and picnic spots are all excellent. You can...  more »
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  • Great destination for xcountry sking and snowshoeing. The higher elevation makes for snow when other snow parks have none.
  • Fantastic, close in family & pooch friendly short hike
  • The road to get to this lake could use a little TLC, lots of pot holes and rough areas. Once you get there, however, you park in the designated lot and start up the trail towards the lake. It took me four minutes from my car to the south end of the lake. It is a beautiful lake and I am thinking it must be used mostly for Day Use. It appears to have trails on the east of west side of lake to get to the north end. I saw people with small rafts and one person canoes on the lake and that was about it. It was clear and clean and cold. The view was terrific.
  • It felt weird to rate a lake
  • Beautiful!
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