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Columbia Southern Canal

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The dry bed of the Columbia Southern Canal near the Mrazek Trail (bobcat)


The Columbia Southern Canal, begun in the early 20th century, was built to channel creek water from a reservoir via gravity flow to irrigate farmlands north and west of Bend. The reservoir filled in 1915 and promptly leaked all its water, so the project was abandoned – yet this massive scar on the landscape remains

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