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Enjoying Diamond Lake in the Oregon Cascades
Diamond Lake in Oregon
This stunning lake that is situated high up in the Cascade Mountains was a pleasant discovery for us on a vacation trip spent in Oregon many years ago. Enjoying the portion of a day that we spent there, my mother, niece and I determined that Diamond Lake would be a great destination spot for all types of vacation entertainment in all seasons.
Often as we traveled we would make our "wish list" of places that would be fun to go back to and spend more time.
Diamond Lake definitely made this list!
While it was new to us obviously many people knew of its location and amenities.
Whether they had come from the nearby areas of Oregon or had traveled some distance to get there, Diamond Lake was well utilized by people of all ages on the day of our visit.
When traveling in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, the Cascade Mountains (commonly referred to as "the Cascades") feature prominently in the surrounding landscapes that span territories all the way from northern California up to southern British Columbia in Canada.
Some of the mountains contain active volcanoes which have erupted in the past (Mt. St. Helens being the most recent) and others are being watched and closely monitored even today for possible future eruptions. Many show no activity and can simply be enjoyed for their beauty.
We had recently viewed Mt. Hood from Timberline Lodge and were on our way to see Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake had been formed when Mt. Mazama had explosively blown its mountainous top off around 11,000 years earlier forming a caldera which had gradually been filled with rainwater and melted snow creating this extra-ordinary deep blue reflective lake seen there today.
There are numerous named mountains in the Cascades, Mt. Hood being the highest of them in Oregon. For top height honors in all of the Cascades, Mt. Rainier in the State of Washington wins that designation.
Being in mountainous country, needless-to-say, there are countless streams, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and much forested areas which are a delight to the senses. Wildlife abounds and for the most part co-exists with humans in a compatible manner.
Getting to Diamond Lake we had been driving through some of this gorgeous scenery and around each bend of the road something new and equally stunning presented itself.
Diamond Lake Resort
Our destination for the night was the Crater Lake Lodge and as it was only about 20 miles from this resort on Diamond Lake, we decided to relax and enjoy our selves at this beautiful location for a while.
For the people staying at the Diamond Lake Resort, they had this fabulous lake and playground literally at their backdoor!
We found out that the Diamond Lake Resort offers year round recreation for winter sport enthusiasts as well as summer enjoyment and all of it is easily accessible.
Accommodations including cabins with fireplaces, a number of restaurants, campgrounds and picnic areas are located lakeside or nearby. Horses and bicycles can be rented as well as watercraft of all types and fishing gear.
There is something to tempt almost everyone who comes here.
If a person wishes to snowmobile, swim, hike or simply sunbathe and daydream, that and more can be done in this glorious locale depending upon the season.
The day was bright and sunny and the water inviting. Had we been staying there, Diamond Lake would have seen us swimming in it.
My mother, niece and I did the next best thing and rented a paddle boat which took us out onto the lake affording us views further from the shoreline.
Oh the views were magnificent!
Mount Thielsen was easily seen rising above the forested areas.
We paddled about for some time just enjoying the fresh air and sunshine and the rippling waves of Diamond Lake's clear blue water.
According to literature, this lake which covers about 3,000 acres was formed by glacial action around 10,000 years ago. Elevation of the lake is about one mile above sea level.
Enjoying Diamond Lake in the Oregon Cascades was a delightful interlude during our summer vacation of many years ago, but one not easily forgotten!
Would you wish to visit Diamond Lake if you were vacationing in Oregon?
Location of Diamond Lake in Oregon
© 2010 Peggy Woods