Waldo Lake Wilderness


Waldo Lake Wilderness

Infobox_protected_area | name = Waldo Lake Wilderness
iucn_category = Ib



caption =
locator_x =
locator_y =
location = Oregon, USA
nearest_city = Oakridge, Oregon
lat_degrees = 43
lat_minutes = 47
lat_seconds = 52.78
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 122
long_minutes = 4
long_seconds = 27.34
long_direction = W
area = convert|37162|acre|km2|1|sing=on
established = 1984
governing_body = United States Forest Service

Waldo Lake Wilderness is a wilderness area surrounding Waldo Lake in the central Oregon Cascades. It is located within the Willamette National Forest. It was established in 1984 and consists of 37,162 acres (58 mi², 150 km²).

Geography

Ninety-eight percent of the Waldo Lake Wilderness is covered by forest on moderate to steep terrain, which ranges in elevation from 2800 to 7144 feet (1100 - 2813 m). [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette/recreation/tripplanning/wilderness/waldolake.html Willamette National Forest - Waldo Lake Wilderness ] ]

Waldo Lake itself is outside the wilderness boundary, but it is considered one of the purest lakes in the world: vertical visibility can exceed 100 feet (30 m). It was scooped out by ancient glaciers, and is Oregon's second largest lake at 10 square miles with a maximum depth of 420 feet. Within the wilderness are the Six Lakes Basin, Eddeeleo Lakes, Wahanna Lakes, and Quinn Lakes. There are approximately 84 miles of trails which lead to many of these lakes. Waldo Lake Trail, much of which is not in the wilderness boundary, provides a 22-mile loop around Waldo Lake. Vegetation in the Waldo Lake Wilderness consists mostly of Douglas-fir, mountain hemlock, and Pacific silver fir.

Recreational activities

Primary activities in the Waldo Lake Wilderness are hiking, camping, fishing, and boating. Waldo Lake was scheduled for elimination of motor boats by the end of 2007. [ [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette/recreation/tripplanning/dayuse/rhododendron_island.html Willamette National Forest - Rhododendron Island Day Use Area ] ]

References

See also

* List of Oregon Wildernesses
* List of U.S. Wilderness Areas
* Wilderness Act

External links

* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette/recreation/tripplanning/wilderness/waldolake.html Willamette National Forest - Waldo Lake Wilderness]
* [http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_wilderness_area/or_waldo.htm GORP - Waldo Lake Wilderness, Oregon]
* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette/recreation/tripplanning/trails/northwaldo/index.html Willamette National Forest - North Waldo Trail Area]
* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette/recreation/tripplanning/trails/southwaldo/index.html Willamette National Forest - South Waldo Trail Area]


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