Looking towards the northeast corner of the lake. Technically we should be calling Lakes of the Clouds a "tarn" a word that means "a small lake formed in a cirque excavated by a glacier" or a steep-banked mountain lake, or pool (wikipedia). It could also mean something much simpler like "small natural lake" according to Google which also points out that the word is from Old Norse and, translated, means "a pond". It's a term that I associate with Scotland. The first definition, water filling in a glacial basin, is accurate for Lakes of the Clouds.
This was taken in the summer of 1970 with some of the Lakes croo in for a swim. The rock in the foreground that Dougy is diving off of is the same one you see in the second photo above but submerged this year under 7 inches of water. There are other notable differences in the two photos dated 42 years apart. By the way, I fashioned those bathing trunks for Dougy Dodd using Photoshop because he forgot his. The blue isn't quite right but close enough.
Looking north west across the outlet towards Mts. Clay and Jefferson.
I slid into the water with fins (my new Rockets which live up to their name), a mask and snorkel but without a thermal suit, a so-called "wet suit". The water was chilly, a bit painful at first, but tolerable if I kept moving. The danger point is when you start feeling comfortably warm because that may indicate a deepening state of hypothermia. This photo shows what the lake bottom looks like in the south end in terms of texture and topography. This is towards the northeast quadrant in one of the deepest areas of the lake with some depth readings of a little over 6 feet.
This is what the center rocks look like from under the water. They consist of solid ledge rising up from an almost continuous sheet of rock coming down from the steep slope at the south end of the lake.
The extreme north end of the lake, at the outlet, is made up of huge and medium sized boulders like these. The lake is 0-2 feet deep at the north end.