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Paulina Lake

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View to north rim of the Newberry Caldera, Paulina Lake (bobcat)


Paulina Lake is the larger of the two lakes within the Newberry Caldera. The other lake, East Lake, is 50 feet higher than Paulina Lake and provides the latter some of its inflow. The two lakes used to be parts of the same large crater lake, but small cinder cones have erupted to create a ridge between the two. There are campgrounds, picnic areas, and hot springs on the shore of Paulina Lake, which has a surface area of 1,530 acres and a maximum depth of 250 feet.

Paulina Lake has the largest brown trout in Oregon, with the state record being set here multiple times. There is also a notable population of kokanee salmon.

The lake and nearby Paulina Peak are named after Chief Paulina of the Northern Paiute, who refused to move to newly established reservations and led raids against white settlers for about eight years in the 1850s and 1860s.

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