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Near Sisters in Deschutes County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

The Life of a Lake

 
 
The Life of a Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2010
1. The Life of a Lake Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by United States Forest Service.
 
Location. 44° 24.053′ N, 122° 0.255′ W. Marker is near Sisters, Oregon, in Deschutes County. Marker can be reached from McKenzie Highway (Oregon Route 126) 1.6 miles south of U.S. 20, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker
Fish Lake image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2010
2. Fish Lake
As viewed from near the marker
is accessed by a Forest Service road on the west side of State Route 126 approx. 1.6 miles south of US 20; the marker is 0.1 miles down the Forest Service road. Marker is in this post office area: Sisters OR 97759, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Time Traveler (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
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Fish Lake after its seasonal drying image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2010
3. Fish Lake after its seasonal drying
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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