Lost Lake Facts
- The body of water popular as Lost Lake is a fascinating geological oddity. Each year the entire lake disappears during the winter. However, the disappearance does not occur due to evaporation.
- Routinely, the entire volume of the rather lovely, but otherwise normal-seeming, small lake quite literally disappears down a hole.
- Local Native Americans have long known of the uniqueness of the site. They called the lake Kwoneksamach. European Americans first discovered it in the 1870s.
- This visually rustic, and rather mysterious lake remains quite popular with photographers, as well as being a popular camping site.
Lost Lake Physical Description
The entire region in which Lost Lake now sits comprises part of a rather extensive lava bed which geologists say formed about 3,000 years ago.
The source of the drainage is a lava tube formed during the period of volcanic activity. This surprising lava tube measures roughly 6 ft (2 m) wide.
During the spring and summer, the lake is full thanks to a combination of rainfall and the prodigious volume of runoff from snowmelt in the nearby mountains.
During the winter the inflow ceases, and the water drains away.
Lost Lake Location and Mystery
When present, the remarkable body of water remains a small, shallow, closed-basin lake lying roughly 18 mi (29 km) southwest of Mount Jefferson.
However, do not let the unassuming beauty of this location lull your senses. Scientists have yet to answer one long-standing question regarding the area.
To date, exactly where the water draining from Lost Lake goes remains a mystery at this time. Despite numerous studies and multiple theories, no answer has yet been found.
Nature likes to maintain her secrets.