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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 ... Mill Pond ... Lacamas Park ... Camas, Washington ... Potholes Falls ... "The Potholes" ...
Image, 2008, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Lacamas Lake "scenic", Camas, Washington. Image taken March 25, 2008.


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.

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.
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Lacamas Creek, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.


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, 2007, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
Image, 2008, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Fishing, Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken June 24, 2008.


Round Lake ...
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.
Image, 2009, Round Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Autumn, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken October 16, 2009.


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.


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. ..."

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


Fallen Leaf Lake (Dead Lake) ...
(to come)


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, 2007, Round Lake, click to enlarge
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Trail 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.
Image, 2008, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Winter, Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken December 17, 2008.
Image, 2007, Round Lake, click to enlarge
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Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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, 2007, Round Lake, click to enlarge
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Trail at Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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.
Image, 2007, Round Lake Dam, click to enlarge
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Dam walkway, Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
Image, 2008, Round Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Photographer, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken November 3, 2008.
Image, 2009, Round Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Fishing, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken April 29, 2009.
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, 2009, Round Lake, Washington, click to enlarge
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Great Blue Heron, Round Lake, Washington. Image taken October 16, 2009.
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.


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, 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 field. View from east of Lacamas Lake and Round Lake, Washington. Image taken April 28, 2007.
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Camas flower. Image taken April 28, 2007.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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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: Hitchman, R., 1985, Place Names of Washington; USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) website, 2007; Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest website, 2007.

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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