Silver Lake (Oregon)

Silver Lake is an intermittent high-desert lake in Lake County, Oregon, United States. It is 6 miles (10 km) east of the community of Silver Lake. It is unknown who first gave the lake its descriptive name. Central Oregon residents attribute it to John C. Frémont, although no proof has been found, and he would not have seen the lake on his first visit to Oregon in 1843.[3] The Klamath called the lake Kalpshi, which may have been derived from the word kalapsh, meaning a decayed log.[3] The name was used because of the petrified wood near the lake.[3]

Silver Lake
Satellite image of Silver Lake
LocationLake County, Oregon
Coordinates43°05′46″N 120°53′17″W[1]
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area10,451 acres (4,229 ha)[2]
Shore length122.5 miles (36.2 km)[2]
Surface elevation4,324 feet (1,318 m)[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

See also


  1. "Silver Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  2. "Silver Lake (Lake)". Atlas of Oregon Lakes. Portland State University. 1985–2019. Retrieved April 15, 2019.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  3. McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 878. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.

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