Owens Lake is a mostly dry lake in the Owens Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada in Inyo County, California. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Lone Pine, California. Unlike most dry lakes in the Basin and Range Province that have been dry for thousands of years, Owens held significant water until 1913, when much of the Owens River was diverted into the Los Angeles Aqueduct, causing Owens Lake to desiccate by 1926. Today, some of the flow of the river has been restored, and the lake now contains some water. Nevertheless, as of 2013, it is the largest single source of dust pollution in the United States.
We met Laura Campbell, a local resident and fine art photographer who was kind enough to give us a tour of the lake which is incredibly large with a maze of roads. Click over to Owens Lake to learn more about the history of this extremely large lake. I have to say that it was without question the most putrid air I have ever inhaled. A photographer’s paradise that comes with a price.
What you see in these pictures is real, not manipulated or enhanced in any way