There is a weather-beaten old tree stump that has been floating in Oregon's Crater Lake since 1896. Still bobbing vertically around the lake in 2016, this stump of a mountain hemlock tree is known as “The Old Man of the Lake” and it moves with the help of wind and lake currents. The low temperature of the water has slowed the decomposition of the wood, allowing it to reach the ripe old age of 120, and counting.
The top four feet (1.2 meters) of the tree stump have been bleached white and are partially covered with fontinalis, a moss typically found at much deeper water levels. The entire stump is believed to be about 30 feet (9.1 m) in length.
Facts about Oregon's Crater Lake: