Cultus Lake

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Travel south from Bend on US 97 for approximately 14 miles. Turn right (west) on South Century Drive toward Sunriver. Follow this main road as it curves through Sunriver and becomes Spring River Road, then Forest Service Road 40. After about 20 miles, FS 40 intersects Cascade Lakes Highway/FS 46. Turn left onto FS 46 and drive 1.2 miles to FS 4635 on the right. Turn onto FS 4635 (toward Cultus Lake Resort/Cultus Lakes). You will pass the entrance road to Cultus Lake Resort after 1.7 miles on FS 4635. Continue straight past the resort (the road designation changes to FS 100). In another 0.1 mile, park in a pullout on the right (across from a dayuse picnic area and beach).


Habitat and Birds

This high lake is under-birded and will likely yield typical high mountain species. Look for Sooty Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Steller’s Jay, Tree Swallow and Vaux’s Swift. Barrow’s Goldeneye may nest here occasionally.


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