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Keechelus Lake

This long and narrow lake is at the head of the Yakima River three to four miles east of the crest of the Cascades in northwest Kittitas County. It was a natural lake, but in 1914 the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation raised its level with a dam. The level of the water fluctuates with the seasons. Pyramidal peaks, bristling with greenish-black forest and flecked with snow, are mirrored in the lake. Skeleton trees, part of the forest inundated by the construction of the dam, stand in the shallower shore waters.