Devils Lake (Winter)

Devils Lake is located on the Cascade Lakes Highway, approximately 30 minutes from Bend and is a stunning aquamarine lake.  In the Winter it freezes over, and in early winter can be used as a skating lake.  Deeper in winter, it is completely covered in snow.  The area is a lava forest.

There is parking on the Highway which encompasses a short but steep hike down to the lake. There is also parking off road leading to campsites.

In winter the highway is closed from the Mt. Bachelor access point, but can be accessed via snow mobiles or snow cat.

During the Summer the lakes are maintained by Deschutes National Forest, in winter the permitting process is handled by ODOT (Oregon Dept. of Transportation).

Images take mid November.




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Farewell Bend Park

Farewell Bend Park is located in the SW area of Bend.  New homes have been built along some sections of the river and before they reach Farewell Bend itself. The Deschutes River winds its way downstream and has three bridges in the vicinity, in addition to a path out into the river area (images below).

There is plenty of parking within the Old Mill District itself (approval required), and the park covers a large area that includes restrooms, covered seating areas, horse sculptures, bridges, playground and grass.

Permits required from Bend Park and Rec.

Images taken in November.




Farewell Bend Park parking area (permit required).


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Sparks Lake (late Fall)

Beautiful alpine lake, off the Cascade Lakes Highway, approximately 30 minutes from Bend. 

Multiple islands within the vast lake (250 acres), only accessible by kayak or canoe.  Mt. Bachelor visible in the distance.

Multiple parking areas, in addition to campground (closed in Winter, but could be opened by special permit.

Cascade Lakes Highway entry is closed during Winter months due to large snowfall.  Area accessible by snow mobile.

Permits authorized by Deschutes National Forest in the Summer, and Oregon Dept. of Transportation in the Winter.

Please allow 30 days for permits.


Gravel roads. They can be a bit bumpy.

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Clear Lake

Clear Lake is a mountain lake near Sisters, Oregon, in Linn County. It has two main bodies connected by a bottleneck. The lake is primarily fed by snow runoff from nearby Mount Washington and the surrounding areas which is what makes it so clear.  
There are rustic cabins on site for accommodation, and a small restaurant and retail shop.  There is a good amount of parking although accessibility may be an issue as the road leading down to the lake is a little steep. The road goes in a one way loop up to the main highway. 
There are covered sheds on site for public use that could be reserved for a film crew.
Fees payable to the National Forest and Resort are applicable and need to be actioned at least 30 days in advance.
Excellent location for recreation and fishing shoot or branded content.
Area148 acres
Max. depth175 ft (53 m)
Shore length13.2 mi (5.1 km)

Clear Lake


Clear Lake

Small store and restaurant on site (left hand side)





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Frissel Crossing Campground (McKenzie River Trail)

This developed facility has vault toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, garbage collection, and hand-pumped drinking water and lends itself to recreational shoots, particularly fly-fishing or easy water sports.

Located in the Willamette National Forest, Frissell Crossing campground resides at 2,600 feet in elevation with creek access. Douglas fir, rhododendrons, and vine maple surround this serene retreat.
This beautiful and quiet campground lies on the South Fork of the McKenzie River and was originally constructed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is located well away from the main road and some of the sites spread around an open meadow.

It’s useful for filming due to the natural beauty of the location, the easy access to the river, bridge and available parking for production vehicles.  as shown in these images, it’s particularly stunning during the Fall season when the leaves are changing color.  The highway leading to it is also stunning at that time.

Images taken late September.

Permit required from the Willamette National Forest. Please allow at least 30 days for processing.

Frissell Crossing Boat Ramp / Campground



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