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Spearfish Lake

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Looking to the Columbia River from Spearfish Lake (bobcat)


Spearfish Lake is a natural basalt scabland lake of 22 acres that lies in a depression scoured by the Bretz Floods. The same depression carries Threemile Creek and Little Spearfish Lake, which is now an inlet on Lake Celilo. The construction of The Dalles Dam and the resulting Lake Celilo raised the water level of the lake. The Fivemile Rapids here are now under water; near Spearfish Lake was the Big Eddy, a pool where portagers embarked or disembarked.

The lake is stocked with rainbow trout in the winter months and can be crowded with anglers at times.



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