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.
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