Fort Rock in Lake County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Fort Rock State Park
Ten thousand years ago, Fort Rock was prime real estate for cave-dwelling families. Food was plentiful and there was a great lake where you stand. Walk the trail of this giant "tuff ring" and you'll discover dynamic strands of nature woven through what, on the surface, may seem like desolate country.
While the level of the lake was always changing, wind-driven waves eroded the walls of Fort Rock. In places, waves cut notches and terraces in the rock. Each notch represents a prehistoric shoreline – ancient beaches separated by thousands of years. Where you are standing, you would be under 183 feet of water when the ancient lake was at its deepest.
A Delicate Balance
Despite its rugged looks, the Fort Rock area is actually quite fragile. The trails afford visitors an opportunity to view it up close. Please limit your activities to trails and leave the remainder for plants and animals that call this special place home.
The Living Landscape
Sagebrush and native grasses share the Fort Rock basin with colorful wildflowers. Deer, coyotes and reptiles abound, as do the foods on which they depend. Rock cliffs offer sanctuary to a rich mix of birds, some seldom seen elsewhere in Oregon.
Marker series. National Natural Landmarks marker series.
Location. 43° 22.388′ N, 121° 3.968′ W. Marker is in Fort Rock, Oregon, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from County Road 5-11A west of Cabin Lake Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Rock OR 97735, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cowboy, Horseman, Philosopher (here, next to this marker); The First People of Fort Rock (here, next to this marker); The Birth of a Tuff Ring (here, next to this marker); Fort Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); Reuban A. "Reub" Long (within shouting distance of this marker); A Path to the Past (approx. 1.3 miles away); Claiming the Desert (approx. 1.3 miles away); Home Sweet Home (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Rock.
More about this marker. The marker is located within Fort Rock State Park, just north of the parking lot.
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.