This is one of Central Oregon’s most scenic and beloved roadways, which winds past several picturesque lakes and meadows. Sparks Lake is ideal for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding, or for enjoying an amazing walk around the lake. Next is the visually stunning, albeit tiny, Todd Lake, which conjures up feelings of being in the Alps. It’s a short walk to the lake and an enjoyable hike all the way. Around the bend, is the translucent water of Devils Lake, a popular picnic and camping spot. A few miles south, you’ll reach Elk Lake, which offers a marina and rustic lodge. Boats can be rented by the hour. Just off the Byway and adjoining Elk Lake is fly-fishing-only Hosmer Lake. As the Byway descends, you’ll reach Lava Lake, with a marina, lodging and camping. Nearby is Little Lava Lake which is the source of the Deschutes River. South of Crane Prairie, more lakes await you. A short detour east on Forest Service Road 42 takes you past Wickiup Reservoir and Twin Lakes, to U.S. Route 97. The Byway continues south to Davis Lake, a large, shallow impoundment that was formed by a lava flow cutting off Odell Creek. The Byway ends at Oregon Route 58 near Crescent and Odell lakes.
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