Agency Lake (Oregon)

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Agency Lake
Agency Lake.JPG
Dock on East shore of Agency Lake. Mount McLoughlin in the far left.
Location Klamath County, Oregon
Coordinates 42°31′56″N 121°57′54″W / 42.53222°N 121.96500°W / 42.53222; -121.96500Coordinates: 42°31′56″N 121°57′54″W / 42.53222°N 121.96500°W / 42.53222; -121.96500
Primary inflows Wood River
Primary outflows Upper Klamath Lake
Catchment area 244 sq mi (630 km2)[1]
Basin countries United States
Surface area 9,298 acres (3,763 ha)[1]
Average depth 3 ft (0.91 m)[1]
Max. depth 7 ft (2.1 m)[1]
Water volume 28,172 acre·ft (34,750 dam3)[1]
Residence time 2 months[1]
Shore length1 25.7 mi (41.4 km)[1]
Surface elevation 4,144 feet (1,263 m)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Agency Lake is a natural lake located west of Chiloquin in Klamath County, Oregon. It is actually the northern arm of Upper Klamath Lake, connected by a narrow channel.[2][3] Its primary inflow is the Wood River, while its outflow is Upper Klamath Lake (indirectly the Link River, Upper Klamath Lake's outflow). The lake has a surface area of approximately 9,000 acres (36 km2).[4] The lake is very shallow, and experiences high winds.[2][5] U.S. Route 97 runs along the east side.[4] Agency Lake Resort is located on the east side of the lake.[6][7]

Wetland restoration[edit]

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been working to restore 3,000 acres (12 km2) of wetland near the mouth of the Wood River since 1997. The wetlands were damaged in the 1960s and 70s when water was diverted for farmland. The BLM also plans to add walking trails and picnic areas.[8]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The most common type of fish in the lake are trout, especially Great Basin redband trout.[2][5] Over 50 species of birds live on or near the lake.[9]

Recreation[edit]

Fishing is a popular activity on the lake.[2] Six boat ramps are located on the lake.[4] The Agency Lake Resort, located on the lake's eastern shore, features a campground with 40 campsites, marina, boat ramp, and convenience store.[4][5][6][7]

Agency Lake can be accessed by boat or canoe from the marshes route off Malone Springs.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Johnson, Daniel M. (1985). "Agency Lake" (PDF). Atlas of Oregon Lakes. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press. p. 151. ISBN 9780870713422. OCLC 11030545. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d Shewey, John (2007). Complete Angler's Guide to Oregon. Wilderness Adventures Press. p. 317. ISBN 978-1-932098-31-0.  Retrieved on July 7, 2009.
  3. ^ Huber, John (2008). Flyfisher's Guide to Oregon (2 ed.). Wilderness Adventures Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-1-932098-61-7.  Retrieved on July 7, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d Yuskavitch, Jim; Yuskavitch, James (2008). Fishing Oregon (2 ed.). Globe Pequot. pp. 183–184. ISBN 978-0-7627-4145-8.  Retrieved on July 7, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Shewey, John (2007). On the Fly Guide to the Northwest (2 ed.). Wilderness Adventures Press. p. 241. ISBN 978-1-932098-50-1.  Retrieved on July 7, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Stienstra, Tom (2006). Moon Oregon Camping (2 ed.). Avalon Travel Publishing. pp. 385–386. ISBN 978-1-56691-604-2.  Retrieved on July 7, 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Agency Lake Resort". Agency Lake Resort. Retrieved February 16, 2008. 
  8. ^ Aho, Jill (June 26, 2009). "Restoring the Wood River". Herald and News. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  9. ^ ""Critters" we have seen in our park". Agency Lake Resort. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 

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