Play Like a Local: Spotlight on Kayaking in Central Oregon
Get all the insider tips on how to “Play Like a Local” from those who know this area best. This week features kayaking in Central Oregon and lets you in on the best kept local locations for enjoying this popular summer pastime.
In order to offer a true insiders’ perspective on the best things to do in the Sunriver area, we created “Play Like a Local” where Sunriver Resort employees share their favorite activities in Central Oregon during the Summer and Fall seasons. This week features kayaking in Central Oregon and lets you in on the best kept local locations for enjoying this popular summer pastime.
Sunriver Resort Associate Name: Jess Chojnacky
Position at Sunriver Resort: Controller in the Accounting Department
How long have you lived in Central Oregon: 3.5 years
How long have you worked at Sunriver Resort: 3.5 years
As a local, what is your favorite activity in Central Oregon: Kayaking! There’s no better way to mentally refresh than hitting up a local loake and feeling like you have the whole place to yourself.
Best place to go: Any lakes on the Cascade Lakes Highway
Special gear you need to bring: A kayak and a camera!
We couldn’t agree with you more, Jess. Kayaking offers a tranquil chance to see sights you’d never experience by car or on foot alone. While traveling the Cascade Lakes Highway searching for that perfect spot, be sure to visit our top three favorite places for first class kayaking conditions:
Sparks Lake: Sparks Lake is a large, shallow trout lake located on the northwest edge of Mt. Bachelor, and it is the first of the high lakes you see from the Cascade Lakes Highway. With approximately 370 acres of lake wetlands surrounded by another 360 acres of meadow, marsh and stream wetlands, Sparks Lake is a must-explore kayak destination. Dark green forests, bright green meadows, and deep blue skies hug the tranquil waters and the views of South Sister, Mt. Bachelor, and Broken Top are breathtaking. Look for the yellow-flowers of Indian pond lily in small ponds at the meadow's northwest corner.
Hosmer Lake: This is one of the best kept secrets in Central Oregon. Hosmer Lake is the perfect place to traverse via kayak because of its beautiful surroundings, abundant wildlife, native waterfowl and crystal clear waters. The water is so clear it is like looking through an aquarium where you can easily spot the big Atlantic salmon, brook trout, and rainbow trout that inhabit this lake. Hosmer Lake is well known for its breathtaking views of Mt. Bachelor, South Sisters, and Broken Top so be sure to bring your camera. If visiting early in the summer, check out the wild huckleberry bushes that dot the shores and small islands.
Davis Lake: Davis Lake is a phenomenal place to visit time and time again as it is always changing. The lake's water level fluctuates significantly from year to year in relation to snow fall and the presence of natural dams, changing the landscape with each visit. With such a superb view of Cascade peaks, it is a truly special place to kayak. Though Davis Lake is one of the most popular fly fishing only lakes in the Pacific Northwest that produces abundant trophy size rainbow trout, the calm waters and easily navigated channels makes it a perfect choice for a great kayaking adventure.