Moody, dark and lonely. This is Tahkenitch Lake, just north of Reedsport, Oregon. In the cold month of April, these adjectives are right on the mark. If this image were all you had to go by, you surely wouldn’t recognize it in the summer. Lots of rich native history here. The story of Tahkenitch Lake begins over 8,000 + years ago. As one of the most studied archaeological sites on the Central Oregon coast, this lake tells a very fascinating story of human forest management. Native American Indian villages and activity site artifacts, date back over 8,000 years. These natives actively used fire around the lake and surrounding area as a management tool. It is thought this type of forest management was used to keep the areas around the lake open and grass-covered to promote deer and elk grazing, within easy access to their encampments along the shore.