All About the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway in Oregon

Cascades Lakes Scenic BywayMention the word “road trip” in our family and every member’s ears perk up in anticipation. We love to travel, and when you take one of Sunriver, Oregon’s scenic drives, you’re guaranteed a breathtaking view of the landscape that makes this area one of the most popular vacation destinations in all the world. Mention the words Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway in Oregon and all members of our family are in the car before the sentence is completely finished—it’s that beautiful!

The History

If the names Kit Carson or Nathaniel J. Wyeth mean anything to you, the Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway in Oregon is a chance to “walk” in the steps of these men. This byway was originally a trail made famous by explorers and early loggers. Named after the many lakes and the Cascade Mountains, you will find along this 66-mile-long road, the scenic byway is your opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse of what makes Central Oregon the only place we want to live!

The Scenery

Longer than most Oregon scenic byways, this journey takes roughly three to five hours to complete, so you may want to make two trips along this historic path. It wouldn’t be safe for the driver to take his or her eyes off the road long enough to take in the beauty and serenity visible outside your vehicle, so be generous and take a second go at it to permit the driver to goggle to his heart’s content. The snow topped Cascade mountains stand majestically in the background, guarding the lakes and forests below. If fishing is your thing, these lakes are world famous for the salmon that make their homes there. If you like to hike, there are many trailheads along the way. This is a trip you really want to take your time and explore the wonders that surround you.

Highlights Along Oregon’s Scenic Byways

Crane Prairie Reservoir – This man-made lake, named for the number of cranes who make their home in this region, is famed for being the location of one of Oregon’s largest rainbow trout fisheries. Permits are required, but if you can build some time in your schedule, spending a few hours fishing from the shores of this reservoir is definitely worth the effort.

Deschutes National Forest – This popular wilderness recreation area features six rivers, 157 lakes and reservoirs, and 1400 miles of trails. If you can’t find something to do here, you really aren’t looking hard enough!

Sunriver Pines

Spend your days exploring the wilderness areas of Central Oregon, hiking, biking, boating and exploring, and your nights resting comfortably in one of our luxurious Sunriver Pines vacation rentals. Book yours today!

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