Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
66 miles / 105.6 km
Time to Allow: Allow 3 to 5 hours to tour this Byway.
Fees: There are fees associated with parking for more than
a few hours near trailhead markers. Also, permits are required.
From Bend, take State Highway 372 (Century Drive) east for 4.5 miles
to the boundary of the Deschutes National Forest where the Byway
begins. The Byway comes to an end as Forest Route 46 meets State
East of Sparks Lake
1999. David Jensen
Cross paths with early explorers and trappers such as Kit Carson, John
C. Fremont and Nathaniel J. Wyeth as you drive the Cascade Lakes Scenic
Cascade Mountains provide the backdrop for this scenic drive and offer
fabulous hiking and challenging rock climbing. Wind your way along the
Byway as it climbs into the Deschutes National Forest where fishing, hiking,
rafting, and other outdoor sports are plentiful. This area is also a winter
playground. For example, Mt. Bachelor's ski resort is filled with snow
As you drive
by many bodies of water along the route, it is easy to see why this route
was named after the Cascade Lakes. Some of the lakes that you will encounter
include Todd Lake, Sparks Lake, Cultus Lake, and Crane Prairie Reservoir.
As you can imagine, this is an angler's paradise. All fishing types can
spend hours at the banks of these lakes, fishing for Atlantic salmon and
other freshwater fish. Waterfowl and many species of plants thrive here
Prairie Reservoir - Another view of Crane Prairie Reservoir can be
seen on a side trip to the east shore, where commercial services are available.
National Forest - The Deschutes National Forest is a recreational
haven, pure and simple: these 1.8 million acres include five wilderness
areas (200,000 acres,) six cool rivers, 157 lakes and reservoirs, approximately
1,400 miles of trails, and the unique landscape of Newberry National Volcanic
Monument. Popular activities in the national forest include hiking, fishing,
rafting, kayaking, canoeing and camping. Other popular activities are
mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (especially in
the winter when the road closes due to snow).
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