Oregon’s Willamette National Forest is blessed with the crystal-clear lake, which is just as fabulous as in it is the pictures. Oregon’s lake dates 3,000 years back when lava flows ran from the Sand Mountain, thus creating a natural dam, which over time was slowly filled with water.
Before this dam was filled with water, there was a forest beneath, and due to this, it submerged slowly under the water, and to this day, the remains of plants are still there., which can extend up to 120 feet into the water.
Due to the volcano activity, which has left a volcano slit so thick, it looks like sand, and the shipwrecks of wooden boats, make this view look like an underwater beach.
See the video below to experience this yourself:
The reason why the lake is so clear is because of snow and ice melted from the top of the surrounding mountains and filter through 7,000-year-old lava, which slowly runs through underground springs before reaching the lake.
“To me, Clear Lake has a very spiritual effect on people… when you get there it just comes across as magical,” – said Brian Carroll, Linn County Parks, and Recreation director.
“You’ve got it all, the mountains are there, the forest is there, and there’s lava; there’s just so many different abnormalities about the area because you’re surrounded by all this volcanic terrain, ” he said of the scene.
Divers come here to enjoy and gaze the clarity of the water and the beauty underneath it but bear in mind that the water temperature can get very chilly to around 3°C ( 37 degrees Fahrenheit).
For most of you who don’t prefer dipping into these kinds of temperatures, the area provides rowboats you can rent ($45 for the day for a large and $35 a day for a small) and kayaks ($30 a day for regular kayak and $45 a day for a tandem kayak), or also launch your own for $5.
You can also explore the Clear Loop Trail and the Mackenzie River National Recreation Trail, both of which take you through areas of lava flows dotted with volcanic glass and old forests adorned in wildflowers from May through June and covered with vine maples and a sea of colors in October.
If you’re planning to drive to the lake, the route from Willamette Valley will weave you through forests as you drive along the path of the Mackenzie River, with plenty of spots along the way that offer hot springs and hiking trails to explore.