Lost Lake (Hood River County, Oregon)

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Lost Lake
Famous View of Lost Lake Mount hood in the distance.jpg
Famous View of Lost Lake, Mount Hood in the distance
Location Hood River County, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 45°29′23″N 121°49′21″W / 45.489840°N 121.822578°W / 45.489840; -121.822578Coordinates: 45°29′23″N 121°49′21″W / 45.489840°N 121.822578°W / 45.489840; -121.822578[1]
Basin countries United States
Max. length 5,395 ft (1,644 m)[2]
Max. width 4,150 ft (1,260 m)[2]
Surface area 99.1 ha (245 acres)
Max. depth 167 ft (51 m)[2][3]
Surface elevation 3,146 ft (959 m)[1]
Frozen occasionally
Islands (none)
Settlements (none)
References [1][2][3]

Lost Lake is a lake in Mount Hood National Forest 16.2 kilometres (10.1 mi) northwest of Mount Hood in Hood River County in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is 34.4 kilometres (21.4 mi) southwest of Hood River, a 26.4-mile (42.5 km) drive.

The lake is bounded on the east by 4,468-foot (1,362 m) Lost Lake Butte and on the southwest by 4,556-foot (1,389 m) Preachers Peak. The lake is fed by a three unnamed intermittent creeks from Lost Lake Butte, and Inlet Creek from Preachers Peak. The lake maintains a very consistent level via an outlet at the north tip, the source of Lake Branch Hood River, a tributary of West Fork Hood River. It is the second-deepest lake in Mount Hood National Forest after Wahtum Lake at 167 feet (51 m).

Recreation[edit]

The lake is a popular recreational site, with 125 primitive campsites[4] seven rustic cabins[5] and a rustic general store. The resort's normal season is May through October.[5] Canoes, row boats, and kayaks are available for rental; motor craft are not allowed.[2] A day use fee applies to all vehicles entering the area, payable to the concessionaire.[5]

Wildlife[edit]

The lake contains Brook trout, Brown trout, Kokanee salmon, Rainbow trout,[3] crayfish, otter, and beaver.[2] Throughout the area are blacktail deer, squirrels, chipmunks, black bear, cougar, and bobcat.[2] The heavily forested area consists mostly of Douglas-fir and Mountain Hemlock with some Cedar and White Pine. Alder and Huckleberry underbrush occurs in open areas.

Protection[edit]

The area is a part of the proposed Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness which would prevent development, logging, mining, and possibly require the removal of structures and roads.[6]

Heritage[edit]

Native Americans called the lake E-e-kwahl-a-mat-yam-lshkt (heart of the mountains).[5]

See also[edit]

Weblinks[edit]

Media related to Lost Lake (Hood River County, Oregon) at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lost Lake". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Lost Lake History". Lost Lake Resort. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lost Lake - Mount Hood NF". Go-Oregon.net. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Campgrounds". Mount Hood National Forest. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Lost Lake Resort & Campground". Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Oregon Wild Hikes: Lost Lake, Part of the Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Proposal". Wild Oregon. Retrieved 2008-07-17.