Lost Lake (Hood River County, Oregon)
Famous View of Lost Lake, Mount Hood in the distance
|Location||Hood River County, Oregon, United States|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. length||5,395 ft (1,644 m)|
|Max. width||4,150 ft (1,260 m)|
|Surface area||99.1 ha (245 acres)|
|Max. depth||167 ft (51 m)|
|Surface elevation||3,146 ft (959 m)|
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 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).
The lake is a popular recreational site, with 125 primitive campsites seven rustic cabins and a rustic general store. The resort's normal season is May through October. Canoes, row boats, and kayaks are available for rental; motor craft are not allowed. A day use fee applies to all vehicles entering the area, payable to the concessionaire.
The lake contains brook trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, crayfish, otter, and beaver. Throughout the area are blacktail deer, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, black bear, cougar, and bobcat. 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.
Native Americans called the lake E-e-kwahl-a-mat-yam-lshkt (heart of the mountains). The name lost lake came from Mack Hollamon who was a hunting and fishing guide during the turn of the century. He had guided for many years through out Mount Hood but did not come across the lake until the native americans later showed him were it was. So he called it lost lake on his future guides. He also named dinger lake and frying pan lake.
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- Media related to Lost Lake (Hood River County, Oregon) at Wikimedia Commons