Owens Lake

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Owens Lake
Image of the Owens Valley from the International Space Station -- oriented top = true west.
Location Sierra Nevada
Inyo County, California, USA
Coordinates 36°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
Type Flat
Primary inflows Owens River
Natural springs and wells
Basin countries United States
Max. length 17.5 mi (28.2 km)
Max. width 10 mi (16 km)
Max. depth 3 ft (0.91 m)
Surface elevation 3,556 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.