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Lacamas Lake, Camas

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#52 of 140 in Nature in Washington State
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Lacamas Lake is a small lake in Clark County, Washington. It is a popular place to fish and water ski for locals from Vancouver, Camas and Washougal. In the 1990s many high tech manufacturing plants and expensive housing developments began to appear in the area around the lake. The lake is very warm compared to other lakes in the area. As it is now, the 60ft lake cannot support life below about 18 feet.(see "Dead Zone" below)Water qualityAt the lake's south-east side it connects with Round Lake at the SR 500 bridge. The 43,000 acres (174 km²) around these lakes collect precipitation and form the Lacamas Creek which feeds into both lakes. This area is mostly large open fields and private farm or ranch land. The resulting runoff contains high levels of fertilizers which leads to nutrient abundance in both lakes. This nutrient abundance has caused plant overgrowth and algae problems. Consequently only a few fish species are able to live in either lake ( brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, yellow perch, catfish and sturgeon). The government considers the lake to be eutrophic.
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  • Beautiful, the lake is calm and small and outstanding for all watersports, especially human powered.  more »
  • Has a park on the south side with boat launches. Boaters will enjoy Lacamas Lake - your trip will be quite enjoyable. To the east of that park is a pier for fishing. Lacamas Lake connects with Round L...  more »
  • We were in Camas for a wedding. Wedding was held at the Lacamas Lodge, which is at Lacamas Lake. I explored the area and it is a very nice place to spend an afternoon or day. The park adjacent to the ...  more »

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