Fresh Water

Weather and Climate


In ponds and lakes during the summer, ranges at 4° C near the bottom to 22° C at the top.

During the winter, the temperature at the bottom can be 4° C while the top is 0° C.

In the Spring and Fall seasonsthe top and bottom layers mix causing the middle layers' temperature to range to around 4° C.

In streams and rivers the temperature is cooler at the source than at the mouth.


Bodies of Water

  • Lakes
  • Ponds
  • Rivers
  • Streams

Ohanapecosh River


Ponds and lakes

  • Plankton
  • Fauna
  • Grazing Snails
  • Clams
  • Insects
  • Crustaceans
  • Fishes
  • and Amphibians

Rivers and Streams

  • Catfish
  • Carp


Lakes and Ponds

  • Several species of algae

Rivers and Streams

  • Green Plants
  • Green Algae


Predators and their prey

  • Fauna eat dead plankton.
  • Turtles, snakes, and ducks eat plants and animals from ponds and lakes.



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