Thursday, May 29, 2014

Paulina Lake Lodge and Waterfall

Sunday morning of our Bend, Oregon adventure Anthony drove us to Paulina Lake lodge for a wonderful 9:00 a.m. mountain man breakfast.  Located inside the Newberry National Volcanic Monument ($5.00 entrance fee) the charming little lodge is situated right next to Paulina lake.  We were the first patrons of the morning and enjoyed a delicious hearty breakfast while taking in the tranquility and scenery.

Paulina Lake is one of the twin crater lakes (the other being East Lake), located 6,350 feet above sea level in Newberry Crater, Central Oregon. It is in the Deschutes National Forest near La Pine. The crater was built from 500,000 years of volcanic eruptions. The lake's main inflow is from snow melt, hot springs, and seepage from East Lake. Its primary outflow is Paulina Creek. The average depth is 163 feet, while the deepest part of the lake reaches 250 feet. The lake covers 1,531 acres. It is about 50 feet lower, and to the west of its twin, East Lake. Paulina Lake is known for its large number of Kokanee Salmon, and Brown Trout. 

Paulina Lake Lodge:

Next we drove around both lakes to visit the camp sites.  I would really love to spend a week camping and hiking there some time.  Although the morning was crisp it was amazingly beautiful and peaceful.

Our next stop was the Paulina Waterfall. Just a short distance from the lodge.  Although we drove to the overlook vs. hiking down our visit did not disappoint.  The waterfall was running very steady and the creek leading to the plunge was beautiful.  My pictures hardly do the lake or waterfall justice and just like our lodge visit we had the viewing of the waterfall all to ourselves.

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