Crescent Lake (Oregon)

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Crescent Lake
Crescent Lake at sunrise.JPG
Crescent Lake at sunrise with Odell Butte in the background
LocationKlamath County, Oregon
Coordinates43°28′32″N 121°59′32″W / 43.47556°N 121.99222°W / 43.47556; -121.99222Coordinates: 43°28′32″N 121°59′32″W / 43.47556°N 121.99222°W / 43.47556; -121.99222
Typenatural lake with dam[1][2]
Primary inflowsSummit Creek
Primary outflowsCrescent Creek
Catchment area57 sq mi (150 km2)[1]
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length5 mi (8.0 km)[1]
Max. width4 mi (6.4 km)[1]
Surface area4,547 acres (18.40 km2)[1]
Average depth124 ft (38 m)[1]
Max. depth265 ft (81 m)[1]
Water volume566,600 acre feet (698,900,000 m3) [1]
Residence time13 years[1]
Shore length112.4 mi (20.0 km)[1]
Surface elevation4,839 ft (1,475 m)[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Crescent Lake is a natural lake on the eastern side of the Cascade Range in the northwest corner of Klamath County, Oregon, United States. The unincorporated community of Crescent Lake Junction on Oregon Route 58 and Crescent Lake State Airport are located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northeast of the lake. The lake was named for its shape by Byron J. Pengra and W. H. Odell in July 1865.[3]


Crescent Lake is located within the Crescent Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. The area has many trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, and areas for off-road vehicles. There are also a few developed campsites and boat ramps that provide opportunities for sailing, water skiing, camping and fishing.[4] Fish species found in the lake include:[2]

A satellite image showing Crescent Lake (bottom right) southeast of Diamond Peak

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Johnson, Daniel M. (1985). Atlas of Oregon Lakes. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press. ISBN 0-87071-342-6.
  2. ^ a b c "Crescent Lake", Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  3. ^ McArthur, Lewis A., Oregon Geographic Names. 6th ed. Portland: Oregon Historical Society Press, 1992.
  4. ^ "Crescent Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon.", 2005. Retrieved 28 May 2008.

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