Volcano Property on East Lake, Oregon

Central Oregon Region

With its beautiful scenery and great weather (300 days of sunshine a year), the Central Oregon region has become a world-renowned destination for outdoor activities including: fishing, golf, tennis, swimming, horseback riding, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, and bird watching.

Bend, Oregon is at the heart of the region, on the Deschutes River between the Cascade mountain peaks to the west and the Central Oregon plateaus to the east.

To the northwest is Sisters, Oregon, a very popular area with a Western theme and many arts and crafts shops. Just to the west of Sisters are two large resort communities: Black Butte Ranch and Toll Gate. Black Butte Ranch has two golf courses, one of which was awarded a four star rating by Golf Digest magazine. A third 18 hole course, Glaze Meadow Golf Course, is slated for a grand opening on June 30, 2012.

The Inn at the Seventh Mountain is a large resort west of Bend. It offers a wide variety of both cold and warm weather recreational activities.

Just south of Bend is Sunriver, Oregon, a vacation community next to the Deschutes River on 3,300 acres of beautiful pine forests, lush meadows and pristine high desert. It has four golf courses, an airport, and many other activities and amenities.

The region also has many interesting sites interpreting the long geological history of the area. Most notable is the Newberry National Volcanic Monument which is a short drive south and east of Bend.


Fishing

Bend, Oregon has been rated by Fly-Fisherman Magazine as one of the Top 10 Fly-Fishing towns in the United States.

The Newberry National Volcanic Monument is one of the most popular fly fishing destinations in Central Oregon with two lakes nestled within the caldera. Both lakes provide abundant fisheries for several different species of fish:

    Paulina Lake contains: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Kokanee. It has a depth of 250 feet and covers 1,531 acres.

    East Lake contains: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee and Atlantic Salmon. It has a depth of 188 feet and covers 1,044 acres.

There were no fish in either lake until 1912, when a group of citizens stocked both lakes. Later, the Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife shipped Rainbow Trout fingerlings by train to Bend. It took horse drawn wagons, pack horses, boats and hikers to get the fish from Bend to the two alpine lakes. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department built a cabin and fish pens on the southwest shore of East Lake in 1925. They continued operations there until the late 1940s.

East Lake is one of the oldest and best fisheries in Oregon. Rainbow Trout are the most common fish. Because they do not reproduce in East Lake, Rainbow Trout are restocked each year. Kokanee, are very abundant and have been caught up to 20 inches. They were first introduced in 1993. The largest Brown Trout caught weighed 22.5 pounds. It is on display at the East Lake Resort café. Every year Browns are caught that exceed 10 pounds.

Golfing

Central Oregon has earned a wide reputation for its sunny and scenic golf courses, framed by 10,000 foot peaks, and all within an hour of Bend. With the wide variety of terrain and over thirty different Golf Courses to chose from, the Central Oregon area can hold it's own with any of the world's most famous golf course enclaves.

  Central Oregon Golf Courses

  • Aspen Lakes Golf Course
  • Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Casino
  • Awbrey Glen Golf Club
  • Lost Tracks
  • Bend Golf & Country Club
  • Meadow Lakes Golf Course
  • Black Butte Ranch - Big Meadow
  • Missing Link Family Golf Center
  • Black Butte Ranch - Glaze Meadow
  • Old Back Nine at Mt. High
  • Brasada Canyons Golf Course
  • Prineville Golf & Country Club
  • Broken Top Golf Club
  • Pronghorn Club & Resort - Fazio
  • Caldera Links
  • Pronghorn Club & Resort - Nicklaus
  • Crooked River Ranch Golf Course
  • Quail Run Golf Course
  • Crosswater Club
  • River's Edge Golf Course
  • Desert Peaks Golf Club
  • Sunriver Resort - Meadows
  • Eagle Crest Resort - Challenge
  • Sunriver Resort - Woodlands
  • Eagle Crest Resort - Resort
  • Tetherow Golf Club
  • Eagle Crest Resort - Ridge
  • The Greens at Redmond
  • Juniper Golf Club
  • Widgi Creek Golf Club


  • Airports

    Deschutes County has 3 Public Airports: Redmond Municipal, Bend Municipal, and Sunriver,
    9 Private Airstrips and 2 Hospital Helipads.

    Redmond Municipal Airport - RDM

    Roberts Field-Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) is owned and operated by the City of Redmond for the tri-county area. It is the fourth largest commercial service airport in the state, serving all of Central Oregon. It is just 20 minutes north of Bend, and was recently renovated.

    Commercial service is provided by Alaska Air, United, United Express and Delta Connection (provided by SkyWest Airlines); and Allegiant. These carriers offer approximately 46 arriving and departing flights daily with direct flights to Denver, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle, and flights twice weekly to Las Vegas. RDM also serves air cargo and general aviation traffic, including extensive corporate and business travel.

    Redmond Municipal Airport holds 167 operations a day with 42% being local general aviation, 29% transient general aviation, and 12% commercial. Roberts Field is home to 84 single engine airplanes, 28 multi engine airplanes, 3 jet airplanes, and 1 helicopter. It is home to Butler Air, Lancair, the U.S.D.A. Forest Service Redmond Air Center, and Wings of the Cascades (Spirit Flight.)

    Redmond Runway Indent 4/22 10/28 Length 7040' 7006'
    RDM is located 2 miles south east of downtown Redmond, 15 miles north of Bend.
    The airport is a certificated FAR 139 with an ARFF index of B.

    Contact information:
    Redmond Municipal Airport
    716 SW Evergreen, Redmond, OR 97756
    (541) 923-7710
    Redmond Municipal Airport Website

    Bend Municipal Airport - BDN

    Bend Municipal Airport was built in 1942 in response to the wartime need for aviator training sites. Facilities include a single runway, 5005 feet in length, and a corresponding full parallel taxiway. This High Activity Business and General Aviation airport has roughly 170 aircraft and over 40,000 annual operations. Sixteen aviation related businesses are located on the airport and more than 700 people are employed.

    Bend Runway 16/34: 5,200' x 75' Asphalt, Pilot Controlled MIRL
    BDN AWOS (541) 382-1477
    AWOS Website

    Contact information:
    Bend Municipal Airport
    63136 Powell Butte Hwy, Bend, OR 97701
    (541) 389-0258
    Bend Municipal Airport Website

    Sunriver Airport - S21

    Sunriver Airport is a public airport located south of Bend and one mile west of Sunriver. It is used by travelers, private jets, and for glider tours around the area. It has space for 170 aircraft; 16 of the spaces are specifically designed for multi-engine piston and jet aircraft. The airport is also serviced by Enterprise Rental Car.

    Contact information:
    Sunriver Resort: P.O. Box 3609, Sunriver, OR 97707
    (541) 593-4603
    info@sunriver-resort.com

    Sunriver Airport
    (541) 593-1000
    Sunriver Airport Website



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