Inclues Wickiup, Crane Prairie, Cultus, Lava, Hosmer, Elk, Sparks Paulina and East Lakes.

the cascade lakes paddle trail

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Elk Lake

Sparks Lake

Paulina Lake

Lava Lake

Cultus Lake

Wickiup Reservoir

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Whether you want to sea-kayak the beautiful High Cascade Lakes with sweeping mountain views, paddle a gentle section of the Lower Deschutes River among the otters, beavers and eagles, or whitewater-raft an exciting stretch of river just minutes from Downtown Bend, the Deschutes Paddle Trail has something for all recreational water enthusiasts.

The Deschutes Paddle Trail includes the nine largest Cascades Lakes in Deschutes County. Detailed descriptions of the Paddle Trail can be found in the “Deschutes Paddle Trail Cascade Lake Guide.” The Cascades Lake Guide provides maps of the nine largest Cascades Lakes along with the access points and campgrounds with GPS coordinates as well as the roads to the lakes. The included lakes are Wickiup, Crane Prairie, Cultus, Lava, Hosmer, Elk, Sparks Paulina and East. The Lakes Guide shows the amenities available at each of the lakes and the species of fish to be found in each lake. The guides provide information on local wildlife, river safety and proper stewardship. The Cascades Lakes Guide is available for download on this site and hard copies are available at no charge in outdoor shops, visitor’s centers and many bookstores.

Lake Kiosks

Thirty kiosks were installed at launch sites on the nine largest Cascades Lakes during 2010. The sites were approved by the Bend/Fort Rock Office of the Deschutes National Forest. Each kiosk contains a detailed map of that lake and information for paddlers.

You can pick up a copy of this lake guide at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend, Oregon.

The Bend Paddle Trail Alliance a nonprofit organization, and is devoted to the preservation of the natural beauty of the Deschutes Paddle Trail. Recently the organization has created and published, with support of local partners, comprehensive guides to the entire Deschutes Paddle Trail.