Clear Lake

Oregon, USA West
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intermediate
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Max Depth
32.8 ft

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Clear Lake

Extremely clear fresh water altitude dive. Old forest preserved underwater. Good facilities, including camping, cabins, store, boat rentals and cafe. No motorized craft are allowed on the lake. At an elevation of 3100 feet, this is considered an altitude dive. The water is approximately 43 degrees on average year round at the surface. A few feet below the surface the water can get to near freezing temps. The visibility can reach over 100 feet in parts of the lake. Nothing in the way of biology, but a great dive if you have a dry suit. Take highway 126 from Eugene, OR toward Sisters, OR. 18 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge. From McKenzie Bridge, travel east on Hwy 126 to Coldwater Cove Campground. Plenty of places to park, and easy access to the water. Approx 3 miles south of 20/126 interchange on east side of road.
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Central Oregon Diving LLC
Central Oregon Diving LLC
157 Ne Greenwood Avenue
Bend, Oregon 97701
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Eugene Skin Divers Supply
Eugene Skin Divers Supply
1090 West 6th
Eugene, Oregon 97402
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Salem Scuba D.E.A. Inc.
Salem Scuba D.E.A. Inc.
1170 Vista Ave Southeast
Salem, Oregon 97302
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Ocean Paradise Dive and Travel
Ocean Paradise Dive and Travel
9895 SE Sunnyside Road
Suite H
Clackamas, Oregon 97015
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Under Water Works, Inc.
Under Water Works, Inc.
12170 SW Main Street
Tigard, Oregon 97223
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Pacific Watersports, Inc.
Pacific Watersports, Inc.
17128 SW Shaw Street
Aloha, Oregon 97078
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Thunder Reef Divers, Inc.
Thunder Reef Divers, Inc.
12104 Ne Highway 99
Vancouver, Washington 98686
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Underwater Sports Inc.
Underwater Sports Inc.
9606 40th Avenue SW
Tacoma, Washington 98499
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Underwater Sports Inc.
Underwater Sports Inc.
34428 Pacific Highway South
Federal Way, Washington 98003
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TL Sea Diving LLC
TL Sea Diving LLC
23405 Pacific Highway South
Seattle, Washington 98198
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Anonymous
Anonymous
Jan 25, 2013, 12:00 AM
scuba
We dove here in Aug. Fun dive! Clear as can be. Great tune-up dive site. Enter by the fallen tree next to the parking lot.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Michael P. Johnson
Michael P. Johnson
Sep 25, 2009, 12:00 AM
scuba
Awesome freshwater high altitude dive. I did three dives, the last dive being a moon lit night dive. Water so clear the moon gave off reflected colors of red and greens. During the day you could see the tree's reflection at the surface. 1000 year old petrified forest cool lava formations. Not much life, saw a few fish, and green algae that grows around the craters and vents where the fresh water comes up from deep in the earth.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Tamra
Tamra
Sep 14, 2009, 12:00 AM
scuba
Vis as far as you can see - amazing! Not much life, great place to get wet or try new equipment. Very easy dive.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
D & T
D & T
Sep 28, 2008, 12:00 AM
scuba
Clear Lake lives up to its name. Clearer than any swimming pool, the vis is nonstop. No motors are allowed on the lake. Not much life. Pretty easy walk to lake. Beautiful area.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
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