Clear Lake, the "lake born of fire", is the headwaters of the McKenzie River and was formed 3000 years ago when lava from Sand Mountain reached the river and backed up water to form the lake.
The original forest that had lined the river banks was submerged. Remnants of some of these submerged trees still stand under 120 feet of water and are visible from the trail and by boat. The nearly freezing temperature of the lake makes it unsuitable for swimming.
A picnic shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corp, is situated at the day use area near the resort.
Osprey and bald eagles, and native cutthroat trout call the lake home. Non-native rainbow and brook trout are also found in the lake.
At a Glance
|Rentals & Guides:
||Linn County Parks operates the Clear Lake Resort under special use permit. It features cabins, boat rentals, boat launch, and a restaurant.
||No motors allowed on lake
||available at campgrounds and day use sites
||Some trails and day use sites require a Recreation Pass
||McKenzie River Ranger District
3 miles south of Hwy 20/126 junction. From McKenzie Bridge, travel east on Highway 126 for 18 miles to Clear Lake.
Hiking at the Lake: