Near Sisters in Deschutes County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Life of a Lake
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. Touch for map. Marker
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 3. submitted on December 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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