Explore the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
Picture yourself on a journey through ancient volcanic landscapes dotted with shimmering alpine lakes and pristine forest. Are you pinching your arm to make sure it’s not a dream? Knock it off — you should really have both hands on the wheel as you drive the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway and take in the abundance of natural beauty Central Oregon has to offer.
The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is a 66-mile historic highway that starts on Century Drive and winds its way through 66 miles of towering mountain peaks and lakefront vistas. It was selected by Scenic America as one of the nation’s ten most important byways.
The route offers stunning mountain views including Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, South Sister, and more. Stop along the way at one of 14 alpine lakes to take in an abundance of recreation, history, and wildlife. Mount your horse for a trail ride at Todd Lake. Grab your fly rod and cast a line in the water at Hosmer Lake. Snap photos of the perfect turquoise water on a hike around Devil’s Lake. Rent a standup paddleboard or boat to explore Elk Lake or Cultus Lake.
Whether you’re looking for family-friendly camping, a high-speed adventure in a motorboat, or a romantic picnic at a secluded locale, you'll find everything you're looking for along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. The byway is open late-spring through fall, but some sections are closed for snow during the winter months.
For ideas on camping, fishing, boating, hiking, or navigating the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, be sure to download this interpretive sites tour map. Before you head out, make sure you stop by the new Cascade Lakes Welcome Station to pick up a map, purchase your recreation pass, browse interpretive guides, and learn more about the Deschutes National Forest.
|>> Aerial Tours & Scenic Flights||>> Bend Ale Trail Beer Tour
|>> Bicycle Cab & Carriage Ride Tours||>> Biking|
|>> Bird Watching||>> Boating|
|>> Canoeing & Kayaking
||>> Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
|>> Cultural Tours||>> Crater Lake National Park|
|>> Culinary Tours||>> Disc Golf|
|>> Equestrian Polo||>> Fishing|
|>> Golf Courses||>> Hiking|
|>> History Tours||>> Historic Cemetery Tours
|>> Horseback Riding
||>> Mt. Bachelor in the Summer
|>> Motor Sports
||>> Rock Climbing
|>> Rock Hounding
|>> Standup Paddle Boarding
|>> Spelunking & Caving
||>> Star Gazing
|>> Trail Running
||>> Walking Tours
|>> Water Play & Recreation
||>> White Water Rafting