Sparks is a once great lake that is on the comeback trail and is well worth mentioning in this book. One of 3 regulated Fly Fishing Only lakes in the area (Hosmer and Davis are the other 2) the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and have improved efforts to support the fish population by introducing the Crane Prairie strain of rainbow trout along with cutthroat trout in Sparks Lake.
The lake also supports a self-sustaining population of Brook Trout that thrive in the cold water tributaries running off of the South and Middle Sister (Mountains).
No gas motors are allowed at Sparks Lake. This shallow lake is best suited to rowing quietly along the shoals looking for feeders anyway.
Sparks is a very shallow lake and supports excellent populations of Callibaetis, Damsels and Scuds. It fishes well after ice out and is accessible usually in late May. It can get slow during the dog days of summer but picks up nicely in the fall when temperatures cool.
Sparks is an easy drive West of Bend, Oregon and is one of the first lakes past Mount Bachelor ski area as you head down the Cascade Lakes highway.
Sparks Lake and Area Info
Camping is limited at the lake. Camping is primitive with outhouses and limited services. Bring your own water. Better camping is found at nearby Elk Lake. Also at Elk Lake is a nice camp store and restaurant.
The Deschutes Brewery is a favorite for craft beer and pub food. 900 Wall and Zydeco are both great places for dining and a full bar located in downtown Emergency Services are located at St Charles Medical Center, the regional hospital in Bend.