Maidu Lake

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Maidu Lake
Maidu Lake (Oregon).jpg
LocationDouglas County, Oregon
Coordinates43°15′17″N 122°00′02″W / 43.2546939°N 122.0006616°W / 43.2546939; -122.0006616Coordinates: 43°15′17″N 122°00′02″W / 43.2546939°N 122.0006616°W / 43.2546939; -122.0006616
Primary outflowsNorth Umpqua River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area20 acres (8.1 ha)[1]
Average depth12 feet (3.7 m)[1]
Surface elevation5,984 feet (1,824 m)[2]

Maidu Lake is a small natural freshwater lake in the Cascade Range in eastern Douglas County in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is in the Mount Thielsen Wilderness of the Umpqua National Forest, about 15 miles (24 km) west of the community of Chemult.[3]

The lake, at 5,984 feet (1,824 m) above sea level,[2] is the source of the North Umpqua River.[1] The eastern terminus of the 79-mile (127 km) North Umpqua Trail, which follows the river, is at Maidu Lake.[4] A 4.7-mile (7.6 km) connecting trail continues east, intersecting the Pacific Crest Trail between Maidu Lake and Miller Lake.[5]

Maidu Lake supports brook trout ranging in size to upwards of 16 inches (41 cm). The lake is periodically re-stocked by volunteers, who bring in hatchery fingerlings by horseback.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "North Umpqua Trail: Maidu Segment". Bureau of Land Management. 2003. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Maidu Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2008. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-89933-347-2.
  4. ^ "North Umpqua Trail" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Lemolo Segment and Maidu Segment" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Sheehan, Madelynne Diness. Fishing in Oregon: The Complete Oregon Fishing Guide (10th ed.). Scappoose, Oregon: Flying Pencil Publications. pp. 79–80. ISBN 0-916473-15-5.