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Strawberry Lake

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Strawberry Lake, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness (bobcat)


Strawberry Lake is the largest lake in the Strawberry Mountains. It was created fairly recently, only about a thousand years ago, when a landslide dammed Strawberry Creek causing the creek to backfill into a glacial cirque. The outflow from the lake runs below ground through the landslide debris and reappears down the valley. There are campsites all around the lake except on its marshy south shore.

Brook or rainbow trout can be fished in the 35-acre lake, which is 30 feet at its deepest. Water levels have retreated considerably by early fall, however. You can observe an abundance of wetland wildflowers at the lake's southern end.

A 19th century homesteader in the area named many of the local features after the wild strawberries that grew in abundance near his holding.

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