This deepest part of this lake is a whopping four feet, but because it's spring fed (and the headwaters of the Oak Fork arm of the Clackamas River) it is extremely cold and clear. There were some girls playing near the dock in a blow-up raft, and they must have told us at least four times that "you can die of hypothermia" if you fall into the water. Thanks, girls, I think I get it!
If we thought Clackamas Lake was cold, it has nothing on this one! As I mentioned in a previous post, Little Crater Lake is 34 degrees year round. It is 45 feet deep, and so clear you can see the fallen timber lying on the bottom. It was formed when an artesian spring forced its way up through a fault and then washed away all the soft siltstone. It is breathtaking to look at (and swim in too, I imagine)!
The hillside was blanketed in these purple flowers. I have no idea what they are, but they were beautiful to see.