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Lake Alice

Lake Alice. (Wikipedia/Daxkelson)

Here’s a picture-perfect little body of water that get’s Wonder status on looks alone. It just happens to have an interesting story as to how it was created, too. Lake Alice is one of the many gems located in Bridger-Teton National Forest, a 3-mile long beauty that reaches depths of 200-feet deep. This mountain lake lies at an elevation of 7,745 feet in the south end of the Forest.

And how it all came about, the literal birth of Lake Alice, is an interesting geologic tale. Centuries ago there was a mountain, today it’s known as Lake Mountain, that cut loose. This mountain slid across a valley and into a creek, known today as Poker Creek. The mountain came to rest, creating a mile-long pile of natural debris that dammed the creek, and created spectacular Lake Alice. It’s surrounded by high mountains that didn’t slide, with impressive Mount Isabel, rising an imposing 10-thousand feet, guarding the north end of the lake. Lake Alice’s outlet drains under the earth’s surface for more than a mile and emerges as Spring Lake Creek, and a half-mile later, joins-up with Hobble Creek.

The way that this special little lake got its name might not be so dramatic and interesting, but Lake Alice was named after the wife of the discoverer of a copper mine nearby. His wife’s name was…Alice. And Lake Alice still sparkles today as one of the most beautiful remote bodies of water in Wyoming.

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