Magnificent Crater Lake National
Crater Lake National Park, located in southern Oregon and the only park in the state, was established in 1902 and the fifth oldest national park in the U.S. It comprises of the Crater Lake caldera, remnants of a collapsed volcano, Mount Mazama and numerous surrounding hills and forests. The park encompasses an area of 180,000 acres, with a landscape covered by old-growth forest, which contains several species of conifers, and a wide array of wildlife, including mountain lions, spotted owls, and black bears.
Visit America’s Deepest Lake
Crater Lake National Park has several tourist attraction features, including Crater Lake, two rocky island – Wizard Island and the Phantom Ship, and other fascinating volcanic features. The Crater Lake, which is the main feature of the park, is about 2,000 feet deep, making it the deepest lake in the U.S. It lies in a hole created by a formerly 12,000 feet tall volcano, which collapsed 7,700 years ago, and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, with the striking blue color of its water. . The lake has no stream flowing into or out of it, but rather filled via rainfall and snow, and is considered by scientist as the cleanest and clearest large body of water in the world.
No matter the time of the year you visit the Crater Lake Park, you are sure to enjoy the stunning scenery. However, it is especially magical during winter or when it snows any other time of the year. You can explore hiking trails along the 8,000 feet high rim around the lake and on Wizard Island, as well as spend a day boating or fishing on the brilliant blue water.
If you plan to spend a few days exploring the park, you can lodge in any of the park’s two motels – the Crater Lake Lodge, which has 71 rooms, and the Cabins at Mazama Village, with 40 rooms. There are also two developed campgrounds within the park, south of the lake, which accommodate both tents and RVs – the Lost Creek Campground and the Mazama Campground. Camping in other areas of the park is allowed only if you have a backcountry permit.
When you visit the Crater Lake National Park, make sure to visit any of the two visitor centers, – the Rim Visitor Center and the Steel Visitor Center, for help in planning the activities to embark on. Both visitor centers have a bookstore, and there’s an exhibit center just behind the Rim Visitor Center, where the park’s geology and lake research is exhibited.