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Klamath Lake: A Special Place to Vacation

by carlief69 on 13/05/09 at 4:04 am

Klamath Lake is one of the special places to vacation throughout the year.

The Klamath Lake (also known as Upper Klamath Lake) is located in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  It’s a beautiful lake that spans 30 miles in length and eight miles in width. The dimension of the lake is so unique that it is named the largest lake west of the Rocky Mountains. Not only is the Klamath Lake large in size, it is a shallow freshwater lake east of the Cascade Range in south central Oregon. It is the largest freshwater body in Oregon. The lake sits on an elevation of 4140 ft (1262m) (www.oregontravels.com). It is fed by pure mountain streams, creeks, natural springs and two major snow-fed rivers, the Wood River and the Williamson River.  It is anchored in deep volcanic soil and up to 35 feet of mineral rich sediment (www.simplexityhealth.com).

The lakes’ strength and unpredictability of the winds makes it a popular spot for windsurfers and sailors. During the summer months visitors can take advantage of the scheduled regattas. Boaters are ecstatic that there is countless number of uncrowded bays to explore. In the spring and fall there are vast legions of waterfowl stopping over as they make their way north and south. Canoeists and kayakers find miles of waterways to explore in the marshlands on the north side of the lake around Pelican Bay. This lends them with encountering deer, otter, and other wildlife. One can also find a native strain of rainbow trout that call the lake their home. In a sense you will find rainbow trout weighing 10+ pounds (www.traveloregon.com).

The thing that makes the Klamath Lake so special is the amount of nutrients that the lake provides. These minerals come from volcanic silt, organic matter, and other nutrients washed in from some 3800 square miles of mountainous land surface, which have been collecting within the past 10,000 years since the last retreat of West Coast glaciers. The very productive lake is enriched with high levels of nutrients and plant life, making it one of the nature’s most miraculous nutrition resources. The great amount of nutrients allows the blue-green algae (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae) to grow in abundance in the wild (www.simplexityhealth.com).  The algae is harvested by local companies and processed for sale as a food supplement (www.oregontravels.com). The surrounding volcanic geology endows the lake with a rich supply of minerals each year resulting in a rapid acidifying of the lakes and streams, which allows for good amount of alkaline pH level. 

 

 

References:    www.traveloregon.com; www.simplexityhealth.com; www.oregontravels.com

 

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K Kristie

Sep 25th, 2009

Sounds like an amazing place to visit. Nice post!

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