The Life of a Lake

The Life of a Lake (HM1CFX)

Location: Stafford, OR 97345 Linn County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 24.053', W 122° 0.255'

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You are standing on the shore of a lake that may seem old but in geologic terms was formed yesterday. Fish Lake continues to change, seasonally and through the decades.

Around three thousand years ago an eruption of Nash Crater formed Fish Lake by damming Hackleman Creek. Seasonal rains and snow overwhelm this little valley's ability to drain the inflow so that each winter a lake is formed. In the summer, after the last snow melts off the ridges overlooking the valley, the lake quickly disappears and Hackleman Creek vanishes into the lava lakebed.

Grasses that have adapted to the seasonal drying of Fish Lake quickly transformed the lake into a lush meadow. The local Hackleman trout population has adapted to this seasonal disappearance of their lake home. When the temperature of the lake starts to rise, the trout head upstream into the creek where they wait for the arrival of winter and the lake's return.
Placed ByUnited States Forest Service
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 9:24pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 579293 N 4916881
Decimal Degrees44.40088333, -122.00425000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 24.053', W 122° 0.255'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 24' 3.18" N, 122° 0' 15.30" W
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Area Code(s)541
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 733-899 Trip Line, Stafford OR 97345, US
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