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Description - Crane Prairie was a natural meadow in which the Deschutes River, Cultus River, Cold Creek, Quinn River, Deer Creek, and Cultus Creek Converged. Crane Prairie Reservoir was first created in 1922 by rock filled dam and reconstructed by Bureau of Reclamation in 1940. The inundated trees and five square miles of shallow water coupled with cool water inlets makes Crane Prairie Reservoir a very rich and productive aquatic system producing numerous trophy size rainbow trout.

Attractions - Crane Prairie Reservoir is a 4,940-acre reservoir located in the Cascade Mountains about 40 miles southwest of Bend off U.S. 97. One of the best rainbow trout lakes in the state. The average rainbow in this top producing fishery is in the 4-10 pound range. The record rainbow to date weighed over 19 pounds. Available species include rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee salmon, largemouth bass, and whitefish. Fishing season runs from late April through October.

Recreation - Due to the trophy size fish that Crane Prairie produces, fishing is the most popular activity at this reservoir but visitors can enjoy camping at one of the reservoirs four campgrounds as well as picnicking and water sports.

Climate - The Cascades receive high amounts of precipitation throughout the year. Conditions become more extreme the higher you climb. During the winter months, expect very heavy snow and cold temperatures. During the summer months be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and chilly evening temperatures. Snow may be encountered on high country trails throughout the summer months.

Location - Crane Prairie Reservoir is located in the Cascade Mountains, in the Deschutes National Forest, about 40 miles southwest of Bend off U.S. 97.


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Report: Crane prarie offers some great fishing. The 'cranebow' is a very aggressive trout which was bred by Oregon fish and wildlife and stocked here. many opportunities among the snags to catch fish.


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Contact Information:
Crane Prairie Reservoir, Deschutes National Forest, 1625 Hwy. 20 E. , Bend, OR, 97701, Phone: 503-388-2715

Additional Information:
Central Oregon - Located on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range, several rivers, forests and mountain slopes create a recreational playground in Central Oregon. Its high desert landscape offers almost constant views of snowcapped Cascade peaks.
Oregon Lakes and Reservoirs - This list includes some of Oregon's largest reservoirs, as well as several smaller mountain lakes. These sites offer a full range of water-based outdoor recreation opportunities.

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