Medicine Lake, Alberta, Canada by Teresa Zieba

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Featured in Alberta ~ Wild Rose Country – Apr 28, 2011
Featured in Canadian Rocky Mountains – Mar 19, 2011

Medicine Lake is located within Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.
It is located approximately 20 km (12 mi) southeast of the townsite of Jasper, Alberta.
Medicine Lake is a geologic anomaly in the sense that it is not actually a lake but rather an area in which the Maligne River (flowing from Maligne Lake into the Athabasca River) backs up and suddenly disappears underground.
The Maligne River pours into the lake from the south and drains out through sinkholes in the bottom. The water then streams through a cave system formed in the slightly soluble limestone rock, surfacing again in the area of Maligne Canyon 16 kilometers downstream. This is one of the largest known sinking rivers in the Western Hemisphere and may be the largest inaccessible cave system anywhere in the world!
During early summer the lake is 9 km (5.5 miles) long, 1 km (.62 miles) wide and 30 metres (100ft) deep. But, every fall it mysteriously drains naturally like a giant bathtub with a missing plug.
This creates the disappearing lake phenomena.
First Nation’s people originally called it Magic Lake.
Wolves in the region have figured out how to make it work for them and have been known to chase caribou into the muck so they’ll get stuck.
Medicine Lake also boasts a healthy population of rainbow trout and brook trout and is a fly fisherman’s paradise.
Wildlife is surprisingly abundant along this high altitude lake. Grizzly bear, black bear, mule deer, caribou, wolves, moose, and mountain sheep are some of the larger mammals that frequent the lake area during the summer season. Bald eagles, and osprey also frequent the area and live off the fish populations.

This photo was taken on July 14th, 2010 after an unexpected snow storm.

I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Teresa…so well composed, just love those mountainscapes…inst fave BTW!!!

  • Wow, you are fast my friend. I barely managed to post it and here you are commenting already. Thanks for the fave to.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Teresa.. Beautiful view

  • Thank you Maggie. It is a very special place.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Jann Ashworth
    Jann Ashworthabout 4 years ago

    Hi Teresa, love this image of the lake. Interesting to see the difference in water level. Our pics were taken about Sept. 3rd. Still very pretty even then. Your snowstorm apparently melted,! We were all concerned about you when we heard about it!

  • Thanks Jann. Yes, the storm was a day before on the 13th but as you can see it’s still on the ground. Maybe next time I will have a gorgeous weather.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 4 years ago

    I can only dream about scenery like you guys probably take for granted. This is beautiful Teresa.

  • Thank you Al. Actually I have to drive over 1500km to get there so it’s not everyday view for me either.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ann.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image

  • Thank you so much Martina.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 4 years ago

    beautiful scene hon, love the composition and blue sky. See we did have blue sky when you were with us :-)

  • Thank you hon. Yes we did but not much of it. Maybe next time. I’m glad we’ve seen any blue sky at all with the weather we had, lol!

    – Teresa Zieba

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsabout 4 years ago

    Stunning capture of this amazing scenery! Inst fave!

  • Thank you very much gingermegs. Glad you like it enough to fave it.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 4 years ago

    Just totally Awesome,…

  • Thanks a lot John.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 4 years ago

    This is really beautiful! awesome scenic shot- love it!!

  • Thank you so much Gail.

    – Teresa Zieba

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