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Aspen at Shevlin Park

This cherished, regional park had it’s beginnings as a donation to the community in 1920. Although the nearly 1,000-acre park has a paved road, three developed picnic sites and Aspen Hall within its boundaries, most of the park remains undeveloped.
Shevlin Park is a haven located less than three miles from Bend and a perfect location for hiking, jogging, nature watching, fishing, cross country skiing and picnicking. There is an extensive trail and pathway system providing for both summer and winter uses. The park is also the site of Cougar Camp, a popular youth day camp offered by the District in the summer months.
Tumalo Creek rambles through the park with several foot bridges providing opportunities to cross over to the eastern section of the park, the Shevlin Conservation Easement, which added approximately 44 acres to the east side of the park in 2002. The easement features a parking area with a viewpoint and is popular with hikers, joggers and mountain bikers.
In 2017, the District added 329 acres south of the park with property formerly known as the Tree Farm development. This addition was made possible by a federal grant from the U.S. Forest Service Community Forest Program and a generous matching donation from the Tree Farm, LLC.
As a nature reserve, no remote controlled devices are allowed at Shevlin Park.

Canoeing Sparks Lake

This site will stretch your capability to focus only on wildlife. Approximately 370 acres of lake wetland are surrounded by another 360 acres of meadow, marsh, or stream wetlands. The spectacular setting - a memorialized favorite of the late, acclaimed, landscape photographer Ray Atkeson - is dominated by South Sister towering to 10,358' elevation, Broken Top to 9,175', and Bachelor Butte to 9,065'. Dark-green forests, bright-green meadows, and deep-blue skies will linger on your real or imaginary canvas. Look for the yellow-flowers of Indian pond lily in small ponds at the meadow's northwest corner.
Sparks Lake is located about 25 miles west of Bend off the Cascade Lakes Highway. The lake was named for "Lige" Sparks, a pioneer stockman of central Oregon. Except for possible early-day trappers, the first organized group of white men to visit the Sparks Lake area was a Pacific Railroad survey party led by Lts. R. L. Williamson and Phil Sheridan, accompanied by Dr. John S. Newberry, physician and scientist.
In seeking a pass through the mountains to the north, they traveled the Green Lakes trail in August 1855. They returned in September and evidently traveled by the Old Horse Lake Trail from its junction with the Green Lakes Trail and passed by Moraine Lake and on to Wickiup Plains. It is guessed that this group went past Devils Pass, Devils Lake, and followed the approximate route of the north Century Drive.
The lake was formed about 10,000 years ago when lavas from the Mt. Bachelor Volcanic Chain blocked the upper Deschutes River. Sparks Lake is a large, shallow, trout lake located on the northwest edge of Mount Bachelor, and is the first of the high lakes you see from the Cascade Lakes Highway west of Bend. The views of South Sister, Mount Bachelor, and Broken Top are breathtaking. Prior to 1997, Sparks Lake was a brook trout fishery and, although brookies may still be available, the lake's featured species will be introduced cutthroat trout.

Crater Lake

Visit America's Deepest Lake at Oregon’s Only National Park
With a depth of 1,943 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States - and one of the most beautiful. The water's intense blue color is an indication of its great depth and purity. Surrounded by cliffs, the lake is fed entirely by rain and snow. Scientists consider Crater Lake to be the cleanest and clearest large body of water in the world.

Golf at over 24 courses

There are 10 golf courses in Bend, Oregon and 0 are municipal courses. There are also another 8 golf courses within 20 miles of Bend, including 6 public, 0 municipal and 2 private courses. The oldest course in the Bend area is the Bend Golf Club which was designed by William Hanley/Chandler Egan and opened in 1925. The longest course is Crosswater Club At Sunriver, which is 7,638 yards. The Old Back Nine is rated the best course near Bend. The following courses have won various awards: Broken Top Club, Pronghorn Resort, Crosswater Club At Sunriver, Sunriver Resort Meadows Course, Sunriver Resort Meadows Course.

Fishing Near Bend

Rated by Fly-Fisherman Magazine as one of the Top 10 fly-fishing towns in the United States, Bend is truly a fishing paradise. In addition to year-round fishing for trout and steelhead, Bend is surrounded by nationally renowned rivers, streams, and lakes that provide anglers with a mind-boggling abundance and variety of world class fishing opportunities. If flowing water gets your heart pumping, Bend, Oregon is the place for you! With four primary river systems and dozens of smaller creeks and streams, Bend offers river anglers a lifetime of fishing adventures.

Ski the back country

Discover the best of backcountry skiing in Oregon. Bend offers tons of groomed slopes and gnarly terrain serviced by chairlifts, but sometimes you crave something different. Something daring. Something peaceful. Something that leaves you breathless and enamored by the hammering of your own heartbeat.
Backcountry skiing Bend’s lesser-traveled terrain isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s a great way to find an adventure worth bragging about for years to come. There are plenty of options for backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding, backcountry splitboarding, alpine touring, telemark skiing, ski mountaineering, and other snow adventures that can only be found a bit off the beaten track.


Lava Lands Visitor Center is the interpretive hub of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Friendly rangers will help orient you to the Monument using our 3D topographic map.Visit our state of the art interpretive exhibit on area geologic and cultural history, shop in the Discover Your Forest Bookstore, view a variety of films scheduled daily, walk the Trail of Molten Land and the Trail of the Whispering Pines, travel on the fully accessible 5.5 mile Sun-Lava paved path, picnic under the pines, attend a ranger talk, walk to the top of Lava Butte for a spectacular view of Central Oregon.

High Desert Museum

The Museum tells the stories of the High Desert’s diverse people and places through ever-changing exhibitions and permanent ones. The High Desert Museum sits on a 135-acre campus and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space that includes multiple galleries, winding interpretative paths, and an expansive forest. Exhibits blend the natural world and cultural history, highlighting the ways that people have drawn on the High Desert’s resources and shaped the region over time. Learn more about the exhibits during our daily programs or sign up for an art workshop, special event, lecture or educational program associated with one of the exhibits.

Smith Rock State - Park – Climbing

If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park. More than a thousand are bolted routes. We also offer miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Along your trip through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver.
Due to the uniqueness and fragile aspect of the park, park rangers enforce the animal leash law and strongly encourage all park users to stay on trails.

Tumalo Falls

This very popular site offers beautiful views of Tumalo Falls just a few minutes from the trailhead. There are areas for picnicking and access to hiking and mountain biking trails.
The North Fork Trail is UPHILL ONLY for mountain bikes.
Tumalo Falls is a 97-foot (30 m) waterfall on Tumalo Creek, in the Cascade Range west of Bend in the U.S. state of Oregon. Additional waterfalls are upstream along Tumalo Creek and a tributary, Bridge Creek and its Bridge Creek Falls. All of these falls are within the Deschutes National Forest.
The United States Forest Service manages the Tumalo Falls Day Use Area about 14 miles (23 km) from Bend by forest roads. In addition to waterfall views, the day-use area has picnic sites and a toilet and offers access to trails for hiking and mountain biking. Using the site requires a Northwest Forest Pass or payment of a fee.
Tumalo Falls Trail leads from the picnic area to a viewing platform above Tumalo Falls, about 0.25 miles (0.40 km) upstream. The trail continues beyond the falls. About 1.25 miles (2.01 km) further upstream, it reaches a second waterfall, Middle Tumalo Falls, a two-tiered cascade totaling 65 feet (20 m) in height.

Deschutes River Trail

Located from Farewell Bend Park to McKay Park and the Bend Whitewater Park, trails exist on both sides of the river in addition to an extensive private trail system throughout the Old Mill District.
Once home to two large lumber mills, today the Old Mill District is a mix of parks, trails, shops, restaurants and other businesses. Three footbridges connect trails across the river, providing convenient loops for walking, cycling and more. The trails are great for children on bikes and scoots as the trail is wide, paved, relatively level and completely off the street.

Mt. Bachelor Ski Area/Downhill skiing

With over 4,300 acres of lift-accessible terrain, Mt. Bachelor is the 6th largest ski resort in the US! Located on the eastern flanks of Oregon’s Central Cascades, Mt. Bachelor is known for its light, dry snow, diverse terrain, family-friendliness, and long seasons. Come find out why this unique volcano has become a destination for skiers and riders from all over the world.

X-Country ski racing

Snow Mobiling

Wind Surfing-many lakes

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