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Lacamas Lake, Camas

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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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  • A great spot to escape the heat, like an old-fashioned "swimming hole", with shaded picnic tables, docks and boat ramp, with a kayak launch bay, rope swing, SUP rentals, walking trails, fishing, you n...  more »
  • Great little lake to drop your kayak in for a quick break from your week. Easy access...clean park area and well maintained. Walk path is well taken care of and offers about 7 miles out and back. The ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature. You can take a short or a much longer hike depending on your energy level. It is beautiful anytime of year and with the changing seasons. Some of th...  more »