Things I Love About Bend, Oregon: Volume 3- Sparks Lake

If a place like Sparks Lake existed within 100 miles of a major city, the place would be a zoo. Thankfully it’s in Central Oregon, just about a 40-minute drive from Bend along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. On a recent Saturday morning, there were only about a dozen people soaking up the scenery lakeside, and half of them were behind easels, making watercolor paintings of the place. If you go, I highly recommend the Davis Canyon Loop trail, which is a scenic little two-mile jaunt that is perfect for families. Bring a chair and a good book and enjoy watching the baby frogs hopping around the shore.