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Thousand Island Lake, June Lake

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#535 of 610 in Nature in California
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Thousand Island Lake is a large alpine lake in the Sierra Nevada, within the Ansel Adams Wilderness in eastern Madera County, California.

The lake is named for the many small rocky islands that dot its surface. Theodore Solomons probably established the 'Thousand Island' name, as this appears on his 1896 map. John Muir called it by "Islet Lake."
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  • Another day on the JMT-PCT for us through hiking and loving the wilderness. This is a particularly stunning lake as you are high above it at times and then right close to the shore. The backdrop... 
    Another day on the JMT-PCT for us through hiking and loving the wilderness. This is a particularly stunning lake as you are high above it at times and then right close to the shore. The backdrop...  more »
  • I recently hiked the 8 miles from Agnes Meadow to 1000 island lake. This took me along the PCT for a time and along the river trail. The hike in was generally flat for the first 4 miles, then... 
    I recently hiked the 8 miles from Agnes Meadow to 1000 island lake. This took me along the PCT for a time and along the river trail. The hike in was generally flat for the first 4 miles, then...  more »
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  • Ansel Adams fave Sierra Lake. Easy to see why. Buggy though, bring nets, spray.
  • With 81% of the area covered in forests, Thousand Islets Lake (Qiandao Lake) is a pure lake with clean, fresh air. It is a young lake formed in 1959 as a result of the construction of New Anjiang Hydroelectric Power Station. It is a beautiful lake with 1,078 islets showing different views in different seasons. It is a rich lake abounding with fish and surrounded by trees, tea, mulberry (the food of the silkworm) and other fruit trees. Qiandao Lake is also a delightful lake with many activities including enjoying the natural scenery and local culture, observing wild animals and taking part in many exciting activities

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