Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

Lake Activities

Lake Activities

Enjoy beautiful wildlife, high desert vistas, fresh air, peace, and quiet where horses roam freely. We also have many other activities and areas around the lake.
Fishing

Fishing

Lake Simtustus is a fisherman`s dream! With such a wide variety of fish species, it offers you a variety of ways to catch them! Trolling seems like the most popular hobby, but fly fishing, lure casting, and bobber beer fishing all have success. The Deschutes River is world renowned for fly fishing for Redband trout and Steelhead. Rainbow, brown trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass await the challenge! Redband trout and Steelhead can be caught on the Lower Deschutes River just below Pelton Dam.

There are several guide services for the Lower Deschutes.

Stargazing

Stargazing

Lake Simtustus Resort is on the northern boundary of an expansive "dark skies area," one of the largest in the USA. It is one of the premier locations in the USA to see the true beauty of our night skies. We have accented Lake Simtustus Resort with red night lights to help keep things magnificently dark. A few quotes:

"Central Oregon is one of the most amazing places to dive deep into your night skies!"

"The crystal-clear nights and lack of light pollution create the perfect scene to look for other beings."

Fauna Of Lake Simtustus Resort

Fauna Of Lake Simtustus Resort

Enjoy beautiful wildlife, high desert vistas, fresh air, peace, and quiet where horses roam freely. Deer, elk, big horn sheep, mountain goats, and antelopes run wild.
Flora Of Lake Simtustus Resort

Flora Of Lake Simtustus Resort

The flora or plant life of central Oregon is extraordinarily diverse and spans a variety of different habitats. For instance, you`ll find alpine flora along the crest of the Cascade Mountains and desert flora as you travel to the eastern portions of central Oregon.
Bird Watching

Bird Watching

"From the smallest wings to giant shadows from the wingspans above, the bird watching here is unbelievable!" Small nesting birds, waterfowl, and raptors, we have it all... year-round!
Hiking

Hiking

There are miles of trails, and we are expanding upon them seasonally. These interpretive trails skirt the outside of the property, and the routes we are currently working on will lead to our stage/platforms for hanging, sunbathing, bird watching, and stargazing.
Geocaching

Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches," at specific locations marked by coordinates worldwide.
The Geology Of The Deschutes Basin

The Geology Of The Deschutes Basin

Fifty million years of geologic history are dramatically displayed on the canyon walls of the middle Deschutes River and lower Crooked Rivers. Volcanic eruptions that occurred over thousands of years created a large basin dramatized by colorful layers of basalt, ash, and sedimentary formations. The most significant contributor to the outstandingly remarkable geologic resource is the unique intra-canyon basalt formations created by recurring volcanic and hydrologic activities.
Off Lake Activities

Off Lake Activities

Are you looking to explore the Pacific Northwest? Stay with us and make day trips to Mt. Hood, Sun River, and Bend, Oregon. Each of these is only 1 to 1 1/4 hours away! If you plan on staying close to home, here are some fun family attractions.