Resting at elevation of 5,414 feet in a glacial carved gouge in Oregon’s Central Cascade Range, Waldo Lake is a lovely place to visit at any time of year. With a surface area of 25.5 square miles, Waldo Lake the second largest non-alkali lake in the state, and the second deepest with a depth of 420 feet. Waldo Lake ranks amongst Crater Lake, and Russia’s Lake Baikal as being one of the cleanest in the world by water clarity, and on a clear day water visibility from the surface can be as deep as 150 feet. Waldo’s water clarity is the result of its low levels of organic material, and is classified as ultraoligotrophic. Waldo Lake is the headwaters for the North Fork branch of the Middle Fork Willamette River. Willamette National Forest, Central Oregon Cascades.
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