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Address: Sisters, OR
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing, Scuba diving, Snorkeling
Description: This is the source of the McKenzie River and offers hiking worth exploring.

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Gorgeous colors!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 10, 2014
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Bend, Oregon
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Bend, Oregon
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121 reviews 121 reviews
36 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
29 helpful votes 29 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 reviews 5 reviews
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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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153 reviews 153 reviews
32 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
50 helpful votes 50 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
62 helpful votes 62 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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