Begin this breathtaking scenic drive in Bend by heading south on Century Drive. This road is closed from November through May but during the summer you will drive past dozens of pristine mountain lakes and reservoirs. This drive also offers many popular hiking trails leading into the Three Sisters Wilderness area as well as some great fishing spots, so allow time to stop and play.
Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway Map
The Metolius River, one of the nation’s largest spring-fed rivers, runs through the tiny community of Camp Sherman northwest of Sisters and is legendary for its stunning beauty and some of the best year-round fly-fishing in the world. Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery is a fun place to learn about fish and to feed fingerlings in the outdoor pools.
Camp Sherman Fishing Store Website
Start your trip here with a visit to Lava Lands Visitor Center, five miles south of Bend. The visitor center provides an excellent orientation to the volcanic landscape with interpretive displays and guided tours. The heart of the monument is Newberry Crater, an 18 square mile caldera sheltering Paulina and East Lakes and beautiful Paulina Falls. A winding gravel road climbs to the top of Paulina Peak where you can take in a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountain range.
Newberry National Volcanic Monument Website
Crater Lake National Park, located about 100 miles south of Eagle Crest, is Oregon’s only National Park. While the park is open year round, most people plan their visits in the summer months. The park features fantastic Cascade Mountain scenery, pristine forests, abundant wildlife, and the deepest lake in America, which rests inside a dormant volcano. Crater Lake is massive in size, deep blue in color, and truly spectacular. Boat excursions around Wizard Island are a popular summer activity.
Crater Lake National Park Website