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Navajo Lake Sink




Plate 608X. Navajo Lake Sink 1939 – 2004 Viewed west-southwest to the sink on Navajo Lake. Prior to construction of the dam across the eastern portion of Navajo Lake, the entire lake drained through this sink - - the water appears again at Duck Lake - - see Plate 595x. The dam was built to keep the lake from draining during dry years. The original photograph was made shortly after the dam was constructed and shows the unvegetated former lake bottom. Today, the only vegetation in the foreground is cinquefoil. In the distance, conifers have increased, while aspen has declined. Many mature spruce, however, have recently been killed by insects and disease. The dam has been rebuilt - - see Plate 612x. A new road right-of-way has been cleared on the south side of the lake.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph taken in May 1939; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 10, 2004 - - Photo No. 5383-10A. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Conifer, Aspen


South West: Section 8, Range 8 West, Township 38 South; UTM 344600 E, 4153900 N; elevation 9,030 ft.

January 2018