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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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  • We stopped at Clear lake for the laying of midday. Nice and quiet site or we ate a very good hamburgers and sandwiches. It seems that you can rent boats on site and there are cottages available for rental. Nice landscapes.
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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 »
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  • Great hiking adventure for whole family. Rent a canoe and have a blast fishing and enjoying the scenery!
  • I will be visiting clear lake again. It was wonderful and the water was so Purfect.
  • Great resort dock and snack shack, the day use areas are outstanding. The lake, and Makenzie river source is just amazing. You have to see it to believe it. So cold it preserved trees underwater. Fantastic day hiking as well.
  • Beautiful Blue Lake! The water is so clear but it is so cold. Temperatures range from 34 at the inlet to 42 on the far side of the lake by the dam. It is great for paddle boarding and kayaking.
  • It was hazy due to the fires, but this place is gorgeous. Hope we can come back when fires are gone. Loved the big old hand water pump at Coldwater Cove Campground, and the sites there are fantastic.
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