We also spent a week, our first. It was hot, amid 80's to 90's. The lake is about two miles long and a 1/2 mile and is a fantastic place to swim and do water sports. Our boat measures the lake temperature as 68 in the middle and 75 degrees nearer shore. The water temperature was similar to Lake Shasta, but the water is crystal clear and deeper than you expect, several hundred feet deep at places.
There was some wind at times, calmer in the evening, night and morning generally, picking up in the afternoon. Strong wind kept us off the lake for a few hours on a couple days, but generally the wind blew the mosquitos away.
Clear nights afforded great star watching and the view onto the lake was like those you only get by hiking.
Our cabin was very rustic; two beds, two high-backed chairs, two table chairs and a table, a small bathroom with a shower.
We asked for an upgrade but, none were available, this time and not next year. Correct or not, I got the distinct impression from the reservation clerk that a visit from the reaper or evil deeds are required to improve your cabin selection. (Another guest related the story of an overly salubrious group of guests who were asked by the management not to return and that freed up the 8 cabins we rented.)
They're doing a booming business there.
We had no kitchen in our cabin and relied on coolers to keep our breakfast and lunch stuff available in our room. We did family style dinners with other guests, utilizing their kitchens, meaning we cooked dinner once during the week. A good idea.
Be sure to bring sheets, blankets, pillows, towels and your entire camp kitchen if you don't get a cabin with one and even if you do. There were ungrounded outlets in our room, with one grounded outlet in the bathroom, an we brewed coffee in the bathroom--bring your own pot.
The employees, some are family, are the biggest bonus, friendly and accommodating,
The restaurant/store allows you to pick up ice or beverages and skip cooking breakfast, lunch or early dinner. You need not bring your wallet, just put it on your tab.
Be sure to bring your entire camp kitchen if you don't get a cabin with one.
Dogs are welcome, they have several that roam the place, but you are asked to keep yours on a leash and out of the lake. It's an Alpine Lake. We were directed to visit the south end of the lake where the park ranger could not watch, should your dog wish to wander into the lake.
There is a good boat launch at the park, open all the time, and the park had 30 or forty people visit it each day. Another 30 or 40 were camped at two locations, along the far shores, west or south, accessing those sites by boat or by hiking 4 miles or so. No roads.
You are expected to clean your room before you check out, just like at Camp. We recommend your clean it when you arrive as well. We found an IPhone and a few other left-behinds from the previous guests.
All in all a relaxing time, I read three books, swam and drug the kids on the inner tube.
Next time I'll do an overnight hike and perhaps bring a sailboard.
- Also Known As:
- Cultus Lake Hotel Bend