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Gorgeous and easy to get to

One of the alpine lakes that dot the Cascade Lakes Highway, Sparks is on of the more accessible... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Judi M
Bend, Oregon
Pristine lake, meadow and marsh

We exited off the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway onto a gravel road that led us to the Ray Atkenson... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kensington, CT
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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, hiking, fishing or floating.

Thank Judi M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We exited off the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway onto a gravel road that led us to the Ray Atkenson Memorial trail and Sparks Lake. There were several campers and fisherman along the road which terminated at a parking lot with access directly to the lake...More

1  Thank westie2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is breathtaking, and offers a beautiful lake to kayak or canoe, with a backdrop of the Cascades and Mount Bachelor.

Thank phoxtrot
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The road from Route 372 down to Sparks lake is gravel and then dusty dirt (about a mile) but the lake is scenic and has several trails.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 15 August 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 around the lake but we...More

Thank Robyn G
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank crrscott
Reviewed 27 July 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 lots of shore to pull up your...More

Thank Connor K
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

The bumpy dirt road leading to the lake is easy to miss off Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway. Once you travel down the road, you will run into the lake. It was very beautiful with snow capped Mt Bachelor in background. There were lots of...More

Thank Dmlsun
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We have been to Sparks Lake a couple of times. When we went at the end of September the water was getting pretty low. We went in July this year and the water was high and the lake was clear and blue. We saw kayaks...More

Thank icetsarina
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Because the water is a little shallower than other lakes, but the mountain views are still divine, this is a great starter lake for new kayakers! Go before August when the water gets too low, and get there early to find a parking spot.

Thank StaceyLeeDee
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Cindy K
9 July 2017|
Response from MtnRunner509 | Reviewed this property |
Excellent for both. Lots of paddle boarders and kayakers. The lake is shallow for its size. VERY crowded, especially on weekends. You'll have to park and walk a ways then.
Samantha H
6 April 2017|
Response from Jerry F | Reviewed this property |
Way to cold? No but it won't be hot either. You are in the Cascade Mountains at 5500 feet, It could snow, hail, rain or be sunny. Be prepared for most any type of weather and you should have a great time.
Ivory E
6 January 2017|
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Response from ChuckOregon | Reviewed this property |
I do believe the highway this year will be closed at least to the end of March. It is January 6 and there is about 10 feet with three more months of snow. About four or five years ago it the road was closed until the... More