|About the Site|
|Mt. Rainier National Park|
Mt. Rainier National Park features a variety of beautiful mountain lakes scattered throughout the park. There are 292 permanent and 84 seasonal lakes which can be found within the borders of the park. These include tarns, which are small, shallow lakes which form in the basins carved by glaciers.
Reflection Lakes One of the most scenic areas in the park is found at Reflection Lakes, located in the south side of the park. Here there is 1 large lake and several smaller ones located next to it.
The views of the mountain which are available from this area are very beautiful and appear in many photographs of the mountain.
The Reflection Lakes are named for the beautiful reflections of the mountain which can be seen on the surface of the lakes when the water is still and the light is right.
The lakes fill relatively shallow basins carved by a glacier. An avalanche occurred 5700-6600 years ago covering the area and bringing the debris which created the dam that formed the lakes.
The lakes are currrently maintained in their natural state. However, at one time there was a boat house and boat rentals were available on the lakes, as well as skiing in the area, but these have long since been abandoned. Fishing also occurred here, but it is not currently permitted any longer on any of the lakes.
The forest surrounding the lake are composed of subalpine fir and mountain hemlock.
Lake Louise Located just east of the Reflection Lakes there is a small lake known as Lake Louise.
The basin in which Louise Lake is found is rock bound and was created by the action of a glacier.
For potential visitors, ParkVision recommends "Story Behind the Scenery" guides and "Trails Ilustrated" maps.
Sunrise Lake Another lake is found north of the road to Sunrise, appropriately named Sunrise Lake.
Sunrise Lake is located in a valley which lies just north of Sunrise Ridge. The picture below shows the lake in the valley from the perspective of Sunrise Point.
Beyond Sunrise Lake to the north is the area known as White River Park.
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