Tucked away within the amazing beauty of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon lies a hidden gem that has attracted visitors and scientists from around the world since its discovery in 1859: Clear Lake.

Clear Lake, Oregon: Reid Adventures YouTube Screenshot
Clear Lake, Oregon: Reid Adventures YouTube Screenshot
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What stands tall below the surface is truly fascinating –an ancient submerged forest dating back over 3000 years.

Clear Lake, Oregon: Matt.Cook YouTube Screenshot
Clear Lake, Oregon: Matt.Cook YouTube Screenshot
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Clear Lake owes its clarity to the water that seeps in from underground springs. The constant icy temperature has helped preserve a prehistoric forest of tall trees and stumps. The remains of the 3000-year-old forest offers a unique glimpse into the past – fascinating the scientific community for decades.

Clear Lake, Oregon: Reid Adventures YouTube Screenshot
Clear Lake, Oregon: Reid Adventures YouTube Screenshot
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Each year kayakers and divers flock to explore the 140-acre lake from top to bottom. Just the sight of the eerie-looking forest below captures the wonder and attention of visitors. At its deepest, the lake falls to a depth of over 175 feet of crystal clear water.

Clear Lake, Oregon: Reid Adventures YouTube Screenshot
Clear Lake, Oregon: Reid Adventures YouTube Screenshot
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The area offers camping, fishing, and hiking. Clear Lake is about an hour or so east of Eugene just off Highway 126 near the McKenzie Bridge in Oregon.

Clear Lake, Oregon: Reid Adventures YouTube Screenshot
Clear Lake, Oregon: Reid Adventures YouTube Screenshot
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The United States Forest Service has all the information explorers need - including directions, campsites, trails, and other park rules. Check out the YouTube video from Reid Adventures.

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