A Bridge at Lake Crescent

Jennifer Murray

Delta Junction, United States

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The lake was formed when glaciers carved out deep valleys during the last ice age. Initially, this deep valley drained into Indian Creek valley and then into the Elwha River. Anadromous fish such as steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout migrated up into this valley to spawn.

Approximately 8,000 years ago, a great landslide from the mountains above dammed Indian Creek, and the deep valley filled with water until it was more than 620 feet deep, to become Lake Crescent. Many geologists believe that Lake Crescent and nearby Lake Sutherland formed at the same time, but became separated by this landslide.1

This landslide feature is easily visible from the summit of Pyramid Peak (Washington).

Eventually, the water found an alternative route out of the valley, spilling into the Lyre River over the Lyre River Falls and out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
~ Taken from Wikipedia

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