I like my lakes murky, as a rule.
Not being a strong swimmer and a fear of heights makes it preferential, for me, to not see the bottom of any water I’m transversing.
Located on Highway 126 a few miles south of the Highway 20 junction,
While the great trout fishing, lush forests and trails, and non-motorized boating opportunities attract ardent fans, the lake’s eerily clear waters bring scuba divers from all over the country.
At the other end of the lake lies a throwback to lakeside resorts from days of yore, a charmingly rustic collection of cabins, docks and café nestled on the northwest shore that until very recently was operated by a nonprofit group of nature-lovers, Santiam Fish & Game Association. The group of fishing enthusiasts’ built and maintained the resort for more than 80 years, aiming to keep costs low for both members and non-members. This year due to declining enrollment the association sold the resort to
The resort maintains a boat launch, available to the public for a fee, and a fleet of vintage rowboats and canoes rented by the day or hour. A trip to Clear Lake is not complete without a boat ride, gliding over the turquoise lake bottom with not a sound to disturb except the occasional whoosh of cars on the distant highway or a gaggle of rambunctious kids trying a round of “Row, row, row your boat” at full volume.
If taking to the water is not your thing great views of
Regardless of your preference,