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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Lacamas Creek, Lacamas Lake, and Round Lake, Washington"
Includes ... Lacamas Creek ... Lacamas Lake ... Round Lake ... Fallen Leaf Lake ... Mill Pond ... Lacamas Park ... Camas, Washington ... Potholes Falls ... "The Potholes" ...
Image, 2009, Round Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Autumn, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken October 16, 2009.


Lacamas area ...
The "Lacamas area" lies at the northern edge of Camas, Washington, and includes such features as Lacamas Creek, Lacamas Lake, Round Lake, Mill Pond, Fallen Leaf Lake (Dead Lake), Potholes Falls, and the "Camas Lily Fields". The area features boating, birding, and hiking the many trails. Lacamas Regional Park (Lacamas Park), Heritage Park, and Fallen Leaf Lake Park are popular picnic places.
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Lacamas Creek Drainage ...
The Lacamas Creek drainage rises in Larch Mountain, Washington, and flows southwest and then southeast before widening into Lacamas Lake. Lacamas Lake's outlet flows under the highway before widening into Round Lake. From Round Lake the waters split, with some water entering Mill Pond to the west and other water flowing over the "Upper Dam" into Lacamas Creek. Lacamas Creek continues in a southern direction before merging into the Camas Slough at the mouth of the Washougal River. At the Mill Pond junction, waters from Round Lake flow into Mill Pond and head south where they split, with some water going over the "Lower Dam" and back into Lacamas Creek, and other water flowing into a man-made channel for use by the Camas papermill.

Lacamas Creek ...
The Lacamas Creek rises in Larch Mountain, Washington, and flows 21 miles before merging into the Camas Slough near Camas, Washington. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names made the name "Lacamas Creek" official in 1937.

Image, 2007, Lacamas Creek, Washington, click to enlarge
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Lacamas Creek, Washington. View from moving car on highway. Image taken April 28, 2007.
Image, 2007, Lacamas Creek, Washington, click to enlarge
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Lacamas Creek from dam at Round Lake, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
Image, 2008, Lacamas Creek, Washington, click to enlarge
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Lacamas Creek from dam at Round Lake, Washington. Image taken November 3, 2008.


Views ...

Image, 2007, My Corps of Discovery group, click to enlarge
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My "Corps of Discovery" members at Round Lake - Genna (pointer), Riley (vizsla) and Gene. Round Lake is in the background. Image taken April 28, 2007.
Image, 2009, Round Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Fishing, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken April 29, 2009.
Image, 2008, Round Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Photographer, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken November 3, 2008.
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Path at Round Lake, Washington. Image taken October 3, 2008.
Image, 2008, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Squirrel, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken September 30, 2008.
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken October 24, 2008.
Image, 2009, Frog, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Frog, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken October 1, 2009.
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Monkeyflower, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken April 14, 2009.
Image, 2010, Lacamas Lake area, Washington, click to enlarge
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Trillium, Lacamas Lake area, Camas, Washington. Image taken March 16, 2010.
Image, 2008, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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"Shaggy Mane", Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken November 6, 2008.
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"Questionable Stropharia", Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken November 6, 2008.
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"Artic Skipper", Heritage Park, Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken June 4, 2008.


Lacamas Lake, etc.

  • Camas Fields ...
  • Fallen Leaf Lake (Dead Lake) ...
  • Heritage Park ...
  • Lacamas Lake ...
  • Lacamas Lake Regional Park ...
  • Round Lake (Reservoir) ...
  • Round Lake Dam and Spillway ...
  • Mill Pond ...
  • Pothole Falls ("The Potholes") ...


Camas Fields ...
Spring brings out the Camas flowers around Lacamas Lake and Round Lake, just north of Camas, Washington.
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Image, 2007, Approaching Camas fields, Camas, Washington, click to enlarge
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Approaching the camas fields, Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
Image, 2010, Lacamas Camas Fields, click to enlarge
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Lacamas Camas Fields, Washington. Image taken April 21, 2010.
Image, 2007, Camas, click to enlarge
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Camas field. Gene, Genna, and Riley. View from east of Lacamas Lake and Round Lake, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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Camas fields near Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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Camas fields near Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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Basalt, Camas fields near Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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Camas flower, Camas fields near Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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Trail through Camas fields near Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
Image, 2010, Lacamas Camas Fields, click to enlarge
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Rosy Plectritis and Camas Lilies, Lacamas Camas Fields, Washington. Image taken April 21, 2010.


Fallen Leaf Lake (Dead Lake) ...
Fallen Leaf Lake is part of the 119-acre Fallen Leaf Lake Park and Natural Area. According to a Clark County Parks brochure (2014), the property was purchased between 1999 and 2011. The park is managed by the City of Camas and features a shelter, picnic tables, large open lawn, volleyball court, and unpaved trails. The 15-acre Fallen Leaf Lake is located south of Lacamas Lake and west of Round Lake. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names "official" name for this lake is "Dead Lake", which appears on topographic maps. Local residents are trying to change the name to "Fallen Leaf Lake".


Heritage Park ...
Camas's Heritage Park is a 5.5-acre developed park at Lacamas Lake and is located next to the Lacamas Lake Lodge (old Moose Lodge). The park has a two-lane boat launch, floating dock, boat and vehicle parking, picnic tables, open grass area, walking path, and restroom facilities. According to the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce (2016):

"Lacamas Heritage Trail along Lacamas Lake is a long continuous nature corridor that receives considerable use. Paved and unpaved trails in Lacamas Park and Lacamas Creek Park provide a good outdoor experience that is easily accessible to the public.

Image, 2017, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Scenic view from Heritage Park, Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken May 3, 2017.
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Boat launch, Heritage Park, Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken May 3, 2017.
Image, 2008, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Trail, Heritage Park, Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken July 2, 2008.


Lacamas Lake ...
Lacamas Lake is a narrow 3-mile-long lake located east of Vancouver, Washington, and one mile north of Camas, Washington. Round Lake joins Lacamas Lake on its southeast side. Lacamas Lake was formed by building two dams along Lacamas Creek at Round Lake. Lacamas Lake is used as a fresh-water supply for the Crown-Zellerback pulp and papermills at Camas.

Image, 2008, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Lacamas Lake "scenic", Camas, Washington. Image taken June 15, 2008.
Image, 2007, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken June 24, 2008.
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Fishing, Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken June 24, 2008.
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Winter, Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken December 17, 2008.
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Holly berries, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken October 28, 2008.
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"Osprey", Heritage Park, Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken June 12, 2008.
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Greater Yellow-legs, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Image taken October 29, 2008.


Lacamas Lake Regional Park ...
The 312-acre Lacamas Lake Regional Park surrounds Round Lake, and features a picnic shelter, barbecue grills, picnic tables, a playground, and 6 miles of scenic hiking trails. This park is popular in the spring when the Camas is in bloom.

Image, 2012, Lacamas Park Map, Washington, click to enlarge
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Map, Lacamas Park, Camas, Washington. Image taken February 5, 2012.
Image, 2010, Lacamas Park, Washington, click to enlarge
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Varied Thrush, Lacamas Park, Camas, Washington. Image taken January 6, 2010.


Round Lake (Reservoir) ...
Round Lake is a 32-acre lake southeast of Lacamas Lake, and separated from Lacamas Lake by a narrow mile-long strip of land. According to Robert Hitchman in Place Names of Washington (1985, Washington State Historical Society), early pioneers called the lake "round", presumably because it wasn't square.

Image, 2007, Round Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Round Lake, Camas, Washington, near dam. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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Autumn, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken October 28, 2008.
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Autumn, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken November 3, 2008.
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Path, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken October 3, 2008.
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Path at Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
Image, 2009, Round Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Autumn, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken October 16, 2009.
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Trail at Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
Image, 2012, Round Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Monster bird track, Round Lake, Washington. Dinosaur perhaps ??? Image taken February 2, 2012.
Image, 2010, Lacamas Camas Fields, click to enlarge
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Mallards, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken May 12, 2010.
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Great Blue Heron, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken October 16, 2009.


Round Lake Dam and Spillway ...
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Image, 2007, Round Lake at Mill Pond, Washington, click to enlarge
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Bridge, Round Lake at Mill Pond, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
Image, 2010, Round Lake Dam, click to enlarge
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Dam, Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken October 22, 2010.
Image, 2007, Round Lake Dam, click to enlarge
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Dam, spillway, Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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Dam walkway, Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.


Mill Pond ...
Mill Pond is the "slough" located west of Round Lake. Water from Round Lake enters Mill Pond near the Round Lake Dam (Lacamas Creek's "Upper Dam") and it exits Mill Pond at Mill Pond's southern end, where it flows over the "Lower Dam" and back into Lacamas Creek, or flows south through a man-made channel to the Camas paper mill.

Image, 2012, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Tufted Duck, male, Mill Pond at Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken February 2, 2012.
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Wood Ducks, Mill Pond from Round Lake trail, Washington. Image taken September 18, 2008.
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Mill Pond from Round Lake trail, Washington. Image taken October 3, 2008.
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Area around the Mill Pond, from Round Lake trail, Washington. Image taken October 3, 2008.


Pothole Falls ("The Potholes") ...
Pothole Falls is one of two falls on Lacamas Creek before the creek reaches the Columbia River. Lower Falls (30 feet high and 75 feet wide) is the second. According to "Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest" website (2007):

"... Pothole Falls, or The Potholes, depending on which sign you confront, is the first of two modest waterfalls along Lacamas Creek as it flows from Lacamas and Round Lakes to the Washougal River. Round Lake is formed by a small dam on the creek, immediately below which the creek begins pounding through a sandstone gorge with all sorts of potholes in the streambed. About 300 feet downstream of the dam lies the falls, a 50 foot wide, 15 foot tall plunge. The falls are so named because of the various potholes which punctuate the ledge, funneling the water this way and that particularly in the warmer seasons. Unfortunately, trees block views of the falls from most perspectives along the rim of the gorge. There is one clear view amid a field a short distance downstream, particularly scenic in the spring when copious swaths of wildflowers bloom amid the grassy knoll. ..."

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Looking back at Pothole Falls, Lacamas Creek, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.


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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    City of Camas, 2017, "Fallen Leaf Lake Park and Natural Area";    Hitchman, R., 1985, Place Names of Washington, Washington Historical Society;    U.S. Geologic Survey's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) website, 2007;    Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest website, 2007;   

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