Cultus Lake

Deschutes County, OR US

formed by a glacier
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Cultus Lake - Cultus Lake is a lake in Deschutes County, Oregon. Formed by a glacier, it is located in the high Cascade Range in the Deschutes National Forest. The name is from the Chinook Jargon, and means variously bad or worthless, or simply "in vain". In the early 19th century, the lakes in this area abounded with beavers. The earliest explorers to this area were primarily on a quest for furs.

Cultus Lake lies at the base of the Cultus Mountain. The lake itself is natural and is 211 feet (64 m) at its deepest point and about two miles long. Several species of fish inhabit the lake including rainbow trout, mackinaw and brook trout.

The lake also has a several creeks running into it inhabited by younger fish. The largest is Winopee Creek which enters through the marsh on the northwestern side, it is a popular fly fishing spot. Two miles south is a smaller lake called Little Cultus Lake and the lakes are divided by Cultus Mountain. The lake empties to the east via Cultus Creek which flows into Crane Prairie Reservoir.

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Cultus Lake

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