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Clear Lake

Sisters, OR
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Sisters
Type: Bodies of Water
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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Bend, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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40 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 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
54 helpful votes 54 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

In much of this Clear Lake. Row boats available to rent. A small restaurant with homestyle food and RUSTIC cabins for rent. Cabins have minimal electricity availability which is limited by blackout periods. There is a petrified forest which is really only visible for divers. Ice cold lake even in the summer. Beautiful, calm day trip. Lake is small so... More

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Springfield, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Every year we go to Clear Lake in the fall when the colors are changing, and kayak around the lake. It's amazing to witness the clarity of the water. These truly are the headwaters to the McKenzie River.

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Grants Pass, Oregon, United States
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79 reviews 79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

What a beautiful little treasure. There are small cabins offered for overnight lodging. There is a bait shop/boat rental shop on the lake. IMPORTANT - no motors allowed. Sometimes lakes like this allow electric motors but I was not able to get a definitive answer on this issue so BRING YOUR OARS and PADDLES. This is an excellent lake to... More

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