Lake Vega Discovery
NPS Photo by Mike Wiles
Trip: On 12/11/2004, Carl Bern led Mike Wiles, Derek Wolfe, & Peggy Renwick on a survey trip to the Cosmos area in the Southern Comfort Section, where they discovered a newly formed lake, Lake Vega.
Trip Report: We went to the Cosmos area in the Southern Comfort Section to push the SW corner of Wind Cave. We surveyed a lead at LO37 and then left one lead that had a scary climb to get into it. We then went to VEGA, the southernmost point in Wind Cave. We discovered a pool of water in the main passage!! It was over 8-inches deep in places and had rafts forming on the surface. This is the first lake discovered in the Southern Comfort Section. We then surveyed a couple of short passages nearby. We left a few leads to return to while surveying 547 feet.
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Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.