Sparks Lake and South Sister
|Location||Deschutes County, Oregon|
|Type||Natural, oligotrophic, with dam|
|Primary inflows||Goose, Fall, and Soda creeks|
|Catchment area||37 square miles (96 km2)|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||779 acres (315 ha)|
|Average depth||1 foot (0.3 m)|
|Max. depth||7 feet (2 m)|
|Water volume||1,000 acre feet (1,200,000 m3)|
|Shore length1||10 miles (16 km)|
|Surface elevation||5,433 feet (1,656 m)|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
Sparks Lake is a natural body of water near the crest of the central Cascade Range in Deschutes County in the U.S. state of Oregon. The lake is about 26 miles (42 km) west-southwest of Bend along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway in Deschutes National Forest. Named for a 19th-century rancher, "Lige" Sparks, the water body is a remnant of a bigger lake that has partly filled with sediment and vegetation.
Like many lakes in the region, Sparks Lake does not have any visible outflow. However, the surface level of the lake is below the regional water table; as such, the lake does not technically form an endorheic basin, and thus feeds springs in the surrounding area. The lake and its basin is generally believed to be part of the Deschutes River drainage area, part of the greater Columbia River basin.
The United States Forest Service maintains a boat launch at Sparks Lake. The site has a parking area, a lake trail, and dispersed camping at locations accessible by boat. A more formal campground run by the Forest Service is nearby along Soda Creek.
Sparks Lake supports populations of brook trout and stocked cutthroat trout. Fly fishing is the only kind of angling allowed on the lake. Motorboats may be used for transportation, but fishing is allowed from them only when their motors are turned off.
- Johnson, Daniel M.; Petersen, Richard R.; Lycan, D. Richard; Sweet, James W.; Neuhaus, Mark E., and Schaedel, Andrew L. (1985). Atlas of Oregon Lakes. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press. p. 265. ISBN 0-87071-343-4.
- "Atlas of Oregon Lakes: Sparks Lake (Deschutes County)". Portland State University. 1985–2012. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- "Sparks Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 899. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956.
- United States Geological Survey (USGS). "United States Geological Survey Topographic Map". TopoQuest. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- "Sparks Lake Boating Site". United States Forest Service. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- "Soda Creek Campground". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- Sheehan, Madelynne Diness (2005). Fishing in Oregon: The Complete Oregon Fishing Guide (10th ed.). Scappoose, Oregon: Flying Pencil Publications. p. 246. ISBN 0-916473-15-5.
- Media related to Sparks Lake at Wikimedia Commons