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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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  • September 14, 2017
    My husband and I rented 2 kayaks for a couple of hours and it was most enjoyable and a pretty inexpensive way to spend a summer morning.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    This is a nice place to go to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. There are picnic tables if you want to have a picnic. There is the Heritage trail if you want to take a walk beside the lake and enjoy the ...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Beautiful, the lake is calm and small and outstanding for all watersports, especially human powered.  more »

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