- There is still some debate over whether Stoneman Lake is the remains of a volcanic crater or whether it fills a deep, collapsed sinkhole. The location of this naturally occurring body of water at the bottom of a large bowl-shaped valley and its nearly circular shape actually support both conclusions. The fact that faults in underlying rock layers provide the only way for water to leave the lake, adds weight to the sinkhole conclusion.
The lake's recreational value, on the other hand, is something that is easily agreed upon. This medium-sized body of water, surrounded by Gambel oak and ponderosa pine covered basalt slopes, provides good fishing for northern pike and yellow perch. It is also an excellent place to bird watch during the yearly waterfowl migrations, or all summer long for songbirds.
There is a gravel parking lot and boat ramp at a day use area on the lake's northern shore. Picnic tables at shaded sites nearby provide a good place to spend an afternoon.
FACILITIES: Gravel boat ramp and parking area, Picnic tables, Vault toilets.
NOTES: No camping is permitted at the day-use area. Boats may be powered with no more than a single electric motor. The last 4 miles of road into the lake are not suitable for passenger cars in wet weather. There are a number of private cottages near the lake. Please respect their privacy.
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