Soda Creek Campground sits adjacent to Soda Creek as it flows across an open meadow into Sparks Lake.
Sparks Lake's clear water and mountainous backdrop make it a popular destination for paddling and photography.
Soda Creek Campground can accommodate RV, trailer or tent campers, however, electric hookups are not available. There are limited sites that are RV friendly, with most of the sites suitable for smaller vehicles or tent camping. All sites are equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill and the campground has vault toilets available. Campers will need to bring their own water supply.
Sparks Lake, fed by streams originating on the slopes of Broken Top, rests atop a porous, volcanic lakebed. Throughout the summer the lake level decreases as snowmelt declines and water seeps underground into nearby lakes and streams.
The accessible Ray Atkeson Trailhead begins near Sparks Lake Day Use area. The trail winds through lava channels and lodgepole pines. Less than a mile in, visitors will reach the Ray Atkeson Memorial Overlook where they will find one of the most iconic views in Central Oregon.
Visitors can travel the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, a 66-mile drive through the Cascade Range that weaves past snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes.
ADA Access: N
We have gone here twice and each time have done different activities. The last time we brought kayaks and paddled down the curvy stream to the main lake, which was very shallow! The evening air is crisp even in the summer which I enjoy after a long hot day hiking on the many trails in the area. There are a few sites here that I prefer which are the closest to the end of the campground next to the creek. We have not had any fellow campers while we were there but we go in the middle of the week due to the high traffic on the weekends. It is a little bit more open so if you want privacy bring some tapestries. I wouldn't bring a rv or anything, maybe a camper on a pick up truck.
Every site has a Mountain View. Sites right next to dirt road so it can be pretty dusty.
Adventure beyond this campground and you can camp on any island in Sparks Lake. Insane views of South Sister and Bachelor. Very isolated and fairly accessible. Great spot for those who have kayaks or rafts.
Amazing location right on the edge of a huge meadow where Soda Creek flows through to Sparks Lake. You have views of South Sister, Broken Top, and Mt. Bachelor and Sparks Lake is right around the corner… you can't go wrong with coming here. In the summer the dust can be slightly overwhelming but the scenery makes up for it.