WOW What a difference, with all the flooding South of Alberta
this spring I was very surprised to see this lake at such a low level already
at this time of the year, if you look where my signature is, that is where
I took the shot in front of that big rock with the Canada Anemone flowers in 2011
Here it is the first time we went there August 2011
and the color was so different on this day
The second time July 2012 it was 80 feet higher in the spring
and still at about 30 feet higher in this shot Unbelievable,
no Rocks-flowers and first section of stairs under water
***More Info on this lake VERY INTERESTING****
Medicine Lake is a geologic anomaly in the sense that it is not actually a lake but rather an area in which the Maligne River (flowing from Maligne Lake into the Athabasca River) backs up and suddenly disappears underground. During the summer months during intensified meltwater runoff the lake (which during the winter months is a meandering frozen river) fills to levels which fluctuate over time and with the runoff events. Much like a bathtub that is filled too fast for it to drain, it becomes laden with water (lake) until it can slowly drain as the tap flow (runoff) is reduced (river). The underground system is extensive and during the 1970s researchers used a biodegradable dye to determine the underground river's extent. The dye showed up in many of the lakes and rivers in the area to the point where it became clear that the underground system was one of the most extensive in the world.
Medicine Lake also boasts a healthy population of rainbow trout and brook trout and is a fly fisherman's paradise.
Wildlife is surprisingly abundant along this high altitude lake. Grizzly bear, black bear, mule deer, caribou, wolves, moose, and mountain sheep are some of the larger mammals that frequent the lake area during the summer season. Bald eagles, and osprey also frequent the area and live off the fish populations.