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Medicine Lake

Jasper National Park, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

The science/story behind this lake is fascinating and when we went during the summer the views were very pretty. The crackled, dry ground at the shore was cool and we saw an elk from a distance down the shore. When we started driving down the road again a bunch of mountain sheep scaled up the cliff by the lake and... More

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Jarvenpaa, Finland
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15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Ok, lake disappears during winter... but... we were there in July, and nothing special to see. Views were nice, but not spectacular.

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Buford, Georgia
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63 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

There;s this whole thing about how the lake disappears in the winter, but you don't actually see that happen. There are a lot more beautiful mountain lakes without the hoard of bus people.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Medicine Lake is quite beautifull and very unusual in that the lake appears to drain away each Autumn, almost like the tide going out in an estuary. Until recently no-one knew why the water disappears until it was discovered that it drains out through sink holes in the bottom, streaming through caves before reappearing again in the Maligne canyon. As... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is a lovely lake to sit by and chill. it is right by the road and is great for taking pictures but there is not much else to do other than go for a walk round it which we didnt do.

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

My wife and I had a terrific week exploring the trails around the lake. Plenty of wildlife and scenery to take in. Excellent opportunity for photography.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This lake disappears underground as the glacier ice melts into it & apparently caused the First Nation people to call it (bad) Medicine Lake. It is a sight to see as it forms part of the early history of the Park.

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Long Island
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We did not stop but enjoyed our view of the lake on the way to Maligne Lake. Well worth a look. Probably my imagination but I swear the lake had significantly less water in it on the way back then on the way there several hours earlier.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Medicine Lake is a very long and relatively narrow lake that changes in water depth through-out the year. In the spring it fills with snow-melt. Then the water starts to disappear. This used to be a mystery because these was no known outlet for the water. However, it has been found that there is a ground fault at the bottom... More

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Traralgon, Australia
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

A nice stop on the way to Maligne Lake. Medicine Lake is beautifull and quite rare , the Maligne River flows in to the lake but there is no surface outlet.The water flows out through a series of caves emerging in such places as the Maligne Canyon. These caves eventually drain the lake each Autumn and it fills again in... More

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