Recomended Paddling Options
- Blair Lake Trail
Blair Lake is a small but scenic lake enjoyably explored by canoe or raft. A great late summer swimming spot.
- Little Cultus Lake
Little Cultus Lake is best explored by canoe and displays a wide array of aquatic vegetation.
- Sparks Lake is well known as one of the most scenic and interesting canoeing spots in the Cascades. It is accessible off the Cascade Lakes Hwy that that runs from Bend to Hwy 58. Not only does the lake offer majestic views of South Sister, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor it also features amazing geologic formations and a convulated, rocky shoreline just made for exploring by canoe. This view of South Sister is taken from a canoe-in campsite on the south end of the lake.
- Summit Lake
A wonderful place to explore by canoe, complete with many coves, small beaches, islands and mountain views. Prone to lingering fog and mists in the morning and strong winds in the afternoon.
- Tam McArthur Rim Trail
Three Creeks Lake lies below the impressive Tam McArthur Rim and is another small but enjoyable canoeing option. The view of the rim reflected off the lake viewed early in the morning from a canoe is truly memorable.
- Waldo Lake Trail
Waldo Lake is a canoeist or ocean kayaker's dream, offering a vast area to explore. Waldo is a large lake though, and deserves respect. Getting caught out in the middle in one of the Cascade's fast developing thunder storms is no joke. It's best to explore close to shoreline on all but the best and calmest days. Even on clear days a stiff wind can kick up and form 3-4' waves on short notice, usually in the afternoon. Get out early in the morning before the breeze starts to appreciate the clarity of the lake.
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