At the Bend end of the Scenic Byway is Sparks Lake. A very scenic and busy lake. We were there on a weekday in summer and it was packed. Weekends must be a total zoo. Everybody seemed to get along rather well, But for me fly fishing off a boat launch with canoes and kayaks coming on and off the water every few minutes is not that appealing.
The campgrounds are popular with all sorts of folks. So a typical campground will have fishermen, boaters, bicyclists, kayakers, bird watchers, and even some rest and relaxation folks.
Then kneeling on it for several minutes and noticing that there is NO wave to ride.
So you just stand up and paddle. Handy if you own a surfboard, but not a kayak or canoe or any type of boat. Ok, maybe I should try it ONCE, before jumping to conclusions.
Throughout all these lakes flows the Deschutes River.
The dispersed camping or boondocking is primarily found along the river. Lots of places to camp if you do not like campgrounds. The only downside is that outside is once off the paved and gravel roads there is DUST! Lots of it. Be sure to turn on the air conditioning and make sure it is on recirculate. I have never been on one of these roads after a rain, but I think I would like to have tires with some tread on them.
At the headwaters of the Deschutes River there seems to always be a colony of white pelicans. This is the only place on a National Forest where I have seen white pelicans. Must be something here to attract them year after year.
The Cascades Lakes Scenic Byways ends rather quickly. Given all the stop signs I suspect there was a lawsuit somewhere about "inadequate" signing. These are just the signs saying that there is a STOP SIGN AHEAD! Now it just becomes a funny picture!
You might not remember the stop signs, but you will have the memories of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. A special spot on your National Forests, but sure to spend some time here to justify all the recreation funding the Forest Service sent to the Deschutes National Forest!
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