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Clear Lake

Address: Sisters, OR
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Sisters
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing, Scuba diving, Snorkeling
Owner description: This is the source of the McKenzie River and offers hiking worth exploring.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing, Scuba diving, Snorkeling
Owner description: This is the source of the McKenzie River and offers hiking worth exploring.
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Bend, Oregon
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98 reviews 98 reviews
31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This lake is very, very clear. You can see trees lying in the bottom of the lake. The water is a beautiful green/blue color. We went because the surrounding foliage was in fall colors. Everything was simply gorgeous. We kayaked around the lake. It is a small lake, we could have paddled around it twice. The scenery would be incredible... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The lake is very clear and blue. There are not motorized boats allowed, which makes the lake very quite and serene. We rented a boat for an hour $15, and it was worth the it to see the lake from above.

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McMinnville, Oregon
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101 reviews 101 reviews
52 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This was another accidental stop on a ten day roadtrip. We are so glad we found this incredible place. Really, there is not a more gorgeous lake. We're looking forward to returning to stay a few nights.

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Bend, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This amazingly clear lake with ancient trees underwater is always a delight to kayak. It was fun to bring new friends here for their first trip

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Worth a stop!!! There's so much to do- hike, bike, rent a row boat, bring your paddle board or kayak! Eat there or bring a picnic!! The clearness of the lake is amazing!!

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Salem, Oregon
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122 reviews 122 reviews
29 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Clear Lake....it is exactly that. A quiet, beautiful lake -- a jewel-toned body of water resting in the forest and mountains. There's a approx. 5 mile hike that follows the circumference of the lake, a must-do if you enjoy walking. It's not very technical but do take water. One side of the lake, the side affected by volcanic eruptions complete... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is an excellent place to venture in the Fall. On a clear day you can catch vivid Fall colors reflecting off the crystal clear lake. It is just a short stop off the highway.

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Newport Beach, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
40 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

What a beautiful lake! We came to Clear Lake to begin our hike to Koosah Falls. I am so glad we did! The lake is just breathtaking! On our way to the falls, we were able to walk along the lake for quite a while. The color of the water was a brilliant aqua mixed with many other shades of... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

A few thousand years ago a lava flow went across a river supplied water from springs. This created Clear Lake, the head of the McKenzie River. Big Spring is across from the Clear Lake Resort boat docks and a little north (200 yards). That Big Spring is a clear beautiful blue, and on the trail around the lake. It is... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
39 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The colors of this lake are incredible. With the brilliant green of the foliage, you will take tons of pictures. It was a RAINY day when we were there, and the colors were still amazing. Someone said the hike was 4-5 miles, but it seemed more like 6-7 to me. You can rent row boats (which looked fun, but we... More 

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