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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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  • If you haven't been here, you have to make time to go. The water is a balmy 38 degrees year round and crystal clear to 100 feet down (if not farther). Great little lake with a remote campground at the...  more »
  • This lake is so clear that you can view ancient trees below the surface. The frigid waters have preserved these trees. Only paddle or oar boats are allowed on the to help maintain the clarity. There i...  more »
  • The blues, turquoise and variations of color and light are a visual delight at this small deep lake along the McKenzie River. It's a glorious lake for kayaking or fishing from a row boat. You'll delig...  more »

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