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Clear Lake, Sisters

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Clear Lake is a mountain lake 86 mi (138 km) northeast of Eugene, Oregon, United States in Linn County. It has two main bodies connected by a bottleneck. The lake is primarily fed by snow runoff from nearby Mount Washington and the surrounding areas. The runoff filters through underground caverns for more than 20 years before emptying into Clear Lake. The lake is also fed by two small creeks which may dry up seasonally.Clear Lake is the headwaters of the McKenzie River, which is the sole source of drinking water for Eugene.DivingClear Lake is reported to be one of the most exceptional freshwater dive spots in the United States. Submerged 100ft deep in the lake is a stand of upright trees that were killed approximately 3,000 years ago when volcanic activity created the lake. The trees are remarkably preserved due to the cold year-round water temperatures of between 35–43 °F (1.6–6 °C).
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  • August 7, 2017
    This is a great spot. We were there on a weekday and it wasn't crowded at all. The water is as clear as the name implies. Good spot for a picnic.  more »
  • March 13, 2017
    This is a tucked away secret..once you visit, it will be your go to retreat! Beautiful blue clear water...non motorized boats so yes very peaceful.  more »
  • February 20, 2017
    My wife and I hiked around Clear Lake and will say that the scenery is beautiful. But be forewarned: The East side of the lake is surrounded by a lava flow and this makes the hike difficult for some p...  more »

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