Iceberg Canyon - Oct 24, 2022

Rivergoer

Escalante-Class Member
Our 1st time visiting Iceberg, goal was to find that infamous lost lake. Pretty sure we found the correct side canyon, but thinking we didn’t go far enough reach the goal. Here are some pics, would appreciate input to identify what we were looking at and where the lost lake might be.

After beaching the canoe at the end of Iceberg and walking about a mile we came to this fork. From reading other posts, I was pretty confident the lost lake side canyon was on the right. @JFRCalifornia described a sandbar at the confluence covered with thick growth which seemed to match up with what we encountered here. Hugging the rock face to the right, we were able to find a faint path through the brush and branches.
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Emerging on the backside this appears to be the ‘new’ shallow lake formed by the sandbar at the confluence. It stretches back several hundred yards but staying to the right it’s easily passable along the bench.
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A little further up on the right, the wayward Iceberg marker at its current resting place 3 miles from the canyon entrance.
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Another 1/4 mile or so beyond the 1st lake and canyon marker we decided to head back and start looking for a beach back near Rincon. From these views, we think the original lost lake is just a little further up the canyon to the right…??? Neat place to hike, wish we had more time…and youthfulness in the bones…maybe next year :)
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Bill Sampson

Escalante-Class Member
Our 1st time visiting Iceberg, goal was to find that infamous lost lake. Pretty sure we found the correct side canyon, but thinking we didn’t go far enough reach the goal. Here are some pics, would appreciate input to identify what we were looking at and where the lost lake might be.

After beaching the canoe at the end of Iceberg and walking about a mile we came to this fork. From reading other posts, I was pretty confident the lost lake side canyon was on the right. @JFRCalifornia described a sandbar at the confluence covered with thick growth which seemed to match up with what we encountered here. Hugging the rock face to the right, we were able to find a faint path through the brush and branches.
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Emerging on the backside this appears to be the ‘new’ shallow lake formed by the sandbar at the confluence. It stretches back several hundred yards but staying to the right it’s easily passable along the bench.
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A little further up on the right, the wayward Iceberg marker at its current resting place 3 miles from the canyon entrance.
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Another 1/4 mile or so beyond the 1st lake and canyon marker we decided to head back and start looking for a beach back near Rincon. From these views, we think the original lost lake is just a little further up the canyon to the right…??? Neat place to hike, wish we had more time…and youthfulness in the bones…maybe next year :)
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Great pictures. Thanks for sharing them.
 

JFRCalifornia

Keeper of San Juan Secrets
You were so close!!! You picked the right canyon to see the remnant "lake", and were almost there. Your second shot that shows the new swampy lake at the confluence is about 0.5 miles downstream of what you were looking for. Here's a few attached images to show where you were and how close you came...

The spot marked "A" is where your second photo was taken... "B is the lake farther upstream. And I'm attaching my own photo from a visit in 2019 to show the lake as it appeared then...

What's exciting about all this is that apparently there is new 2022 imagery on Google Earth, at least for the part of the lake between the Escalante and Bullfrog, and parts of the San Juan! A little overexposed, and they don't label the exact date, but it's pretty high resolution...

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Rivergoer

Escalante-Class Member
Wow, the sat images tell the story! Thanks for sharing, we were probably 3/4 of the way there.

The last image says 3598’ elevation so would that mean at some point this impounded lake would actually merge with the main lake? I wonder when that last occurred?
 
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