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Boot Lake

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Boot Lake on an extra cold morning (Steve Hart)
The dropping river level overnight has left ice high and dry (Steve Hart)


Boot Lake is a bit of a misnomer. The body of water visible here is shaped like a boot, as much as Italy is. Still, this is really only one of many arms of the lake. Boot Lake and the surrounding waters drain into Gee Creek and Gee Creek flows into the Columbia. Since the Columbia River here rises and falls with the tides, the water flows back up Gee Creek and the "lakeshore" moves quite a bit. Boot Lake is often home to swans in the wintertime, as well as more common Canadian Geese and various ducks.

There's a patch of Wapato growing in the lake near the trail. Wapato, also known as Arrowroot was a staple of the Native Americans that lived near here. Lewis and Clark documented native women walking in the shallow areas of nearby Carty Lake. The women pulled the plants with their feet and put them in canoes that they drug behind them on the water. The bigger plants growing in the deeper water have larger root tubers.

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