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Incredible Lake

If you haven't been here, you have to make time to go. The water is a balmy 38 degrees year round... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Kenneth W
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McMinnville, Oregon
Lives up to its name

This lake is so clear that you can view ancient trees below the surface. The frigid waters have... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
PDX_Jack
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Portland, Oregon
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This is the source of the McKenzie River and offers hiking worth exploring.
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

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 southern end and cabins at...More

1  Thank Kenneth W
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

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 is a 1-3 hour hike around the lake which...More

Thank PDX_Jack
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

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 delight in the sights, smells, colors, lava and woods on...More

1  Thank catwb
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

We took the chance to visit clear lake even with all the smoke in the area. We could see the crystal clear lake near the boat dock and around the edge of the lake. There was smoke and or fog that kept some of the...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We had high expectations of this place after hearing about it, but it wasn't as great as we had expected. The lake is pretty, and we did boating, which was ok. The views are nice. The lake is quiet and serene. Definitely not very commercialized...More

Thank ORMum
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Reviewed 7 August 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.

Thank Sharon K
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Reviewed 13 March 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.

Thank Kirsten C
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Reviewed 20 February 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 people. We hiked in a clockwise...More

4  Thank Eagle-Crest-John
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

This lake is so beautiful. Great for fishing, a little boating and family fun. It sits among a gorgeous Forrest. Great for just sight seeing. So much nature. We saw deer, they so awesome.

Thank y2ksuzyq
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

This lake is one of the clearest waters in all of Oregon. Not visited by a lot of people during the week, so generally quiet and serene - a perfect place for kayaking. Very cold water, so not ideal for a swim unless you're a...More

1  Thank rcdobson
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Milton R
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Response from y2ksuzyq | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure. I'm assuming the beginning of June
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Dennis H
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Response from RANGER3131 | Reviewed this property |
the elevation there is 3,012 ft. u can have warm days but the nights get chilly during the summer.
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