Owens Lake

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Owens Lake
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Image of the Owens Valley from the International Space Station -- oriented top = true west.
LocationSierra Nevada
Inyo County, California, USA
Coordinates36°26′00″N 117°57′03″W / 36.433269°N 117.950916°W / 36.433269; -117.950916Coordinates: 36°26′00″N 117°57′03″W / 36.433269°N 117.950916°W / 36.433269; -117.950916
TypeFlat
Primary inflowsOwens River
Natural springs and wells
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length17.5 mi (28.2 km)
Max. width10 mi (16 km)
Max. depth3 ft (0.91 m)
Surface elevation3,556 ft (1,084 m)


Owens Lake is a mostly dry lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada of Inyo County, California, located 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 water until 1924. Today, some of the flow of the river has been restored, and the lake now has some water.