Kayaking, Canoeing, and Camping - Sparks Lake and Surrounding Cascade Lakes

Sparks Lake is a natural body of water 779 acres in size named after a 19th century rancher. It is only 1 to 10 feet deep and is about 26 miles west of Bend, with spectacular views of Mt. Bachelor, Three Sisters and Broken Top. There are also other numerous lakes I plan to visit and maybe camp on as well as Sparks. These include Devils, Elk, Hosmer, Cultus, Lava and Little Lava Lakes. There are no developed campsites at Sparks, but there are vault toilets at the boat ramp.

You must have a Northwest Forest Pass or daily pass displayed in your windshield to park at the boat ramp. There is a paved and unpaved section of trail that follows along a portion of the lake. The lake is stocked with Brook and Cutthroat Trout, but you can only fly fish for them.

Details: I plan to leave the Eugene area on July 18 and return home Saturday the 26th, so I can rest Sunday. I will be spending most of my time at Sparks Lake, because of the free camping, (car and boat) although I plan on visiting and possibly camping, at the aforementioned lakes. Most charge a nominal camping fee. There are general stores located at a few of these lakes to replenish your supplies. Feel free to join me any of the days I will be there. I will have a horseshoe set for campside fun!

For those who want to come up to paddle this incredible lake, I suggest camping because it is a long drive for just the day from Eugene. Bring whatever you need to make yourself comfortable the way you like when camping. You can car camp or load up whatever you like in your kayak or canoe to camp along the pristine shores of this beautiful lake. I took way to much stuff last year for me and my son, and plan to drastically reduce my inventory of camping gear for this years trip. There are general stores within a short drive (20 minutes) to stock up, but I suggest being self sufficient for how ever long you plan to be there. I hope to have cell coverage so I can be reached, but otherwise look for my dark red Ford Escape with Yakima racks on top and a Seahawks sticker on the rear window. I will be somewhere on the lake with a green canoe and/or green kayak. During the day lots of people come from the Bend area to paddle this lake, but at night, you are left alone on this beauty of a lake.

We can set up a carpool if needed, as well as discuss some camping gear, prior to the trip.  I want to keep this trip simple and relaxing.  Please read over the entire write up, before asking any questions.

Contact: David Yula - (541)[masked]

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  • Kathy

    Thanks, Dave! Loved stargazing by canoe. Freaking awesome!

    July 26

  • Matthew H.

    Great trip! Thanks David for putting this together. You did a great job and I appreciate your efforts on your first event. Thanks for showing me the way around the lake and transporting me back to my car Sunday. Also, Kathy and Barbara, thanks for the hospitality at camp. I enjoyed getting to try the kayak, and the food was excellent. Thanks!

    July 24

    • David Y.

      Thanks Matt! It was a lot of fun! It was my pleasure to show you the boat camping way.

      1 · July 24

  • Sue S.

    Dave- Thanks for being such an excellent water sherpa, coffee maker, and doggie chauffeur! I am glad I pulled into Sparks lake and called on a whim to see if peeps were still there! It was very cool to get to paddle the kayak and learn the ropes of the process and to gain experience in a canoe with a dog. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

    2 · July 22

    • David Y.

      It was my pleasure Sue. I liked showing the group of folks that showed up to my first trip my favorite lake to camp. Hope the word spreads.

      1 · July 24

  • BW

    David-With others still there. I was packing to go on Mon..but I am canciling.With you leaving.Thanks for setting it up.

    July 20

    • David Y.

      Thanks for the update BW. See ya next time.

      1 · July 20

  • David Y.

    So Matthew just left. If anyone is still planning on coming up to Sparks, let me know asap. Otherwise I'll check out other lakes in the area. Thanks

    July 20

  • Matthew H.

    On my way. Was able to get the weekend off. Will be able to stay just for the weekend. Heading back Sunday afternoon. I'll look for you at Sparks Lake. See you around noon.

    July 19

  • Carolanne

    This sounds so wonderful. Unfortunately, I have a prior commitment at Bohemia Mining Days' breakfast on the mountain. I wish I could go. Also, for future, what is the situat9ion on dogs. I could mine along over night, perhaps, but not for a week. Will there be another adventure like this soon. (My most sincere apologies, Cricket.)

    July 18

    • Matthew H.

      The situation with dogs varies with each trip. It's as simple as that. There are going to be times where dogs are welcomed. There will be times where I would like it to be just hikers. There will be times where I know where we are heading is sometimes crowded, and bringing a dog isn't high on my list. There will also be times where the backpacking spot is small, and I simply want it to just be a few people. If a trip's write up says "please, no dogs", people should respect that, and leave it at that. There doesn't need to be a long discussion each time a leader makes a decision. Before anyone assumes, I do like dogs, and would someday would like to get a lab to hike with me on occasion. I am hoping that there will be more trips like this in the future. If David is open to allowing dogs on his trips, and the owners respect the rules set forth for having dogs in the wilderness, then people can bring their dogs.

      July 18

  • Matthew H.

    Have a safe and fun trip!

    July 17

  • Carolanne

    I would LOVE to go kayaking or canoe=ing = but I bet eed to bring my own boat? Does anyone need an extra oar? Please?

    July 14

    • David Y.

      See Crickets post right above yours. She's looking for someone to share a canoe with.

      July 14

  • BW

    David - Thanks for putting this together and all you are doing. If others would like to meet, I think it would be a good ideal, I am free mostly any evening in Eugene. I have kayaked here. And know on weekends a lot of people show up and you might have to park 1/4 plus mile from boat ramp on the main road, on Sat. on Sundays. I like getting there on Friday.

    2 · July 2, 2014

    • Barbara

      Ok we'll see you at the lake. Should be fun!

      July 11

    • David Y.

      Sure, i guess, whatever.....kidding. It's gonna be a blast. Can hardly wait! :-D

      July 12

  • Barbara T.

    Hi Dave, I need to cancel on the kayak/camping due to a change in job assignment. I'd still like to come for the day on the following Tues. if folks will still be around.

    July 10

    • David Y.

      I'll be there and so will BW, so that's fine. Bummer, but you'll still enjoy it. Thanks for the update. Call or text when you get up there.

      July 10

  • Barbara

    My kayaks are back home again so now I'm ready for this trip!

    1 · July 9

  • BW

    David- Looks like I will becoming up Monday or later with a maybe a friend . Please hang a white t-shirt ,or towel Ect. 6 ft ( like a flag )of the ground at your lake side camp site so that I can find you all. What cell phone co. Do you have that has service up there.Bill

    1 · July 9

    • David Y.

      Monday will work. I can try a flag of some sort. I have T-mobile and had nearly full bars last year. Thanks for the update Bill.

      1 · July 9

  • David Y.

    So we're a couple weeks and a few days from my first MeetUp trip. I want to know of those going, if there are any questions you need answered between now and then. We can meet somewhere to discuss the trip in more detail. I'm trying to get a detailed map of the area to be viewable for all to see. Might need Matthews help. ;-) ;-)

    1 · July 1, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      A map has been added to the write up. I hope it helps.

      July 2, 2014

    • David Y.

      Thanks Matt. Helps a lot.

      1 · July 2, 2014

  • Barbara T.

    are there trailer sites available. I can do tent or trailer, prefer my trailer (10 ft.)

    June 16, 2014

    • David Y.

      What Matt said! I have a 16' canoe and can help transport camping gear. Any questions feel free to call me and we can chat more about it.

      1 · June 23, 2014

    • David Y.

      I can meet whoever is going on my trip at Best Buy, and will lead the way up there. If morning is to early for some I can wait a couple hours if necessary. Since I am on vacation and plan to be up there till Saturday the 26th, I wouldn't be able to give anyone a ride. But as I said before, I can converse by phone or meet in person to show you maps of the lake and show in more detail where I will be camping. The pictures of my canoe and kayak on the beach is where I camped last year with my son, and to me has the best views. So that's where I'm heading. My canoe can haul a lot of gear and several trips can be made. Once everyone has headed home I can make my way to check out the other lakes in the area. I will get back to any questions you need answered asap. Thanks for your interest in my first Meet Up trip.

      2 · June 25, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    David, just to let you know, you can check the answers that members leave for their RSVPs. Simply click on the "Tools" link, which can be found under the RSVP section. Then scroll down to "See Answers". It will let you know who wants to carpool, and who is planning to go for a few days, or the whole time. I hope that helps you out.

    1 · June 25, 2014

    • David Y.

      Thanks Matt, that helped a lot. I hardly ever look at Meet Up on my laptop. Always on my phone and it doesn't have those tools. Good info to have.

      1 · June 25, 2014

  • David Y.

    I took my canoe out today and found I have enough room to lay down, so there for I am going to attempt to sleep in it in the middle of the lake at least one night, maybe more! Imagine the floating experience lullabying me to sleep as I stargaze.

    1 · June 22, 2014

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