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Clear Lake (Wasco County)

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Clear Lake Butte from Clear Lake (bobcat)


Clear Lake is no longer a natural body of water surrounded by lush meadows since the Wasco Dam raised its surface for irrigation purposes in 1959. The lake is fed by Clear Creek, a tributary of the White River. Because of seasonal draw-downs, the lake, also known as the Wasco Reservoir, has a fluctuating shoreline and is only 32 feet deep when full. The waters are very clear and, from a boat, the bottom can be seen from any point on the surface. Stands of tall old-growth can be found near the lake shore, including along the Blue Box Trail, the only trail that arrives here.

Unfortunately, Clear Lake’s shoreline and the dispersed campsites around it exhibit many countless weekends of summer "fun" in the form of discarded beer cans, plastic water bottles, aluminum foil, and toilet paper flowers. Still, from the water’s edge, you can sit on a rock and enjoy the view across the sparkling expanse to the low profile of Clear Lake Butte.

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