ECOSYSTEMS > INLAND OREGON > LAKES AND PONDS
Occasionally lakes disappear, whether by natural forces or human intervention. As Oregon’s population grew, some lakes were drained to create arable land for farming or human communities. Guild’s Lake is a good example. This swampy body of water was located at the confluence of Batch Creek and the Willamette River but was drained in the early twentieth century to create dry land suitable for industrial uses. Today, the area is covered by northwest Portland.
Some Oregon lakes may be disappearing for other reasons. Lost Lake, located in the Mount Hood National Forest, disappears yearly as the result of sink holes filling an underground river. And Lake Abert, the state's only salt water lake, is drying up for reasons not fully understood by scientists. Indeed, Lake Abert may become missing lake in the near future.
Where Were the Missing Lakes of Oregon Located?
GPS Coordinates: 45.4893401, -121.8311942
Guild's Lake, Portland
GPS Coordinates: 45.5469421, -122.7381085
GPS Coordinates: 42.6228888, -120.3520851