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Drain hole for Lost Lake on Santiam Pass Oregon

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Every spring in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest, Lost Lake begins to drain down naturally occurring lava tubes. A six foot wide lava tube hole was featured in this 2015 video from The Bulletin, which notes, “The water is most likely seepi

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Each spring, Lost Lake on Santiam Pass (Oregon) fills full with snow melt, and fisherman go after its trout from float tubes. But by fall, Lost Lake drains out and becomes a marshland. In the late 1980s or early 1990s, rumor has it the Santiam Flycasters out of Salem attempted to plug the hole(s), and I certainly recall excellent fly fishing for brook trout, rainbow trout and atlantic salmon about then. But by the mid 1990s, it seemed the water was draining out faster than ever, and I gave up fishing there. I don't know how many drain holes exist, but here was one I found on 9/30/2010.