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Editor's note: There is no Jan. 23, 1916, paper.

Jan. 22, 1916


In answer to a query concerning the size and depth of Four Mile lake, from which the Rogue River Canal company will eventually take a sufficient volume of water to irrigate an immense territory, it may be said that it is three and a half miles long, three-quarters of a mile wide and more than 2000 feet deep. It is eleven miles from Fish lake, but the canal connecting it with the latter, which the company will complete later this year, is seven miles long. It will tap Four Mile lake thirty feet below the water surface at low stage. By constructing a dam, the company can secure an eighty-foot head of water.

The altitude of Four Mile lake is 5800 feet, just 1000 feet above Fish lake. The dam at the latter lake is a massive structure, the rocks used in the base of the retaining wall being so large that they had to be handled with powerful derricks. The earth fill is very heavy. The tenacious clay for the puddle core was hauled a mile. The dam was built a quarter of a mile from the lake shore in a narrow depression practically on a level with the water surface of the lake at an average stage. It will store water to a depth of twenty-five feet, but will later be raised another twenty-five feet.

From the lake the water is carried sixteen miles in the channel of the north fork of Little Butte creek to the intake, at which point it is diverted into the canal system.

Near Fish and Four Mile lakes is Lake of the Woods, which lies too low on the Klamath side of the divide to be utilized for Rogue River valley irrigation. The greater part of its flood waters, however, can be utilized for Fish lake by diversion ditches.

These lakes, nestling in smiling valleys of verdure at the foot of forest-clad slopes, with snow-capped Mount McLoughlin towering above, are surpassingly beautiful and ideal recreation spots for summer vacations.