7,000 years ago, on what is now Crater Lake, OR, Mt. Mazama
, an ancient volcano
and collapsed, allowing the formation
of one of the most breathtaking
bodies of water
in North America
."At times brilliantly blue, ominously somber; at other times buried in a mass of brooding clouds. The lake is magical
, enchanting - a remnant of fiery times, a reflector of its adjacent forested slopes, a product of Nature's grand design."
Crater Lake is a 6 mile wide caldera
, bordered by cliffs and large, steep hills, it resembles something straight out of a fantasy novel
. The water is a gorgeous blue reminiscent of Lake Tahoe
or the many springs in Florida
. The fantastic view comes complete with a mysterious
in the middle, a hill with a dormant crater
of its own, appropriately named Wizard Island
Crater Lake is the seventh-deepest lake
in the world
at 1,132 feet, and it became the nation's fifth oldest National Park
in 1902 after a 17-year campaign
led by William G. Steel
The Park Service
tours during the summer which go around the lake, complete with a stop on Wizard Island, where visitors
may get out and explore
, even climb to the top and into the crater if they wish. During winter
, cross-country skiing is a popular sport, as the area is one of the snowiest in the Northwest
, getting 10-15 inches of snow
per year. Other activities include: Bicycling
, Bus Tours
, Scuba Diving
, and Snowmobiling
picking (heehee!) are prohibited
Lodging and Camping
Summer only; gasoline, camper store, showers, laundry.
Mazama Village Motor Inn
Lodging 7 miles from the lake on the south side of the park; open mid-May through September. (541) 830-8700.
198 sites, operated by the park's concessioner from mid-June through early October. Reservations are not taken, but generally there are plenty of sites available. Wheelchair-accessible sites are available.
Year-round cafeteria and gift shop; restaurant in summer.
Crater Lake Lodge
71 rooms and dining room, overlooking Crater Lake. Open mid-May through mid-October. Reservations are recommended well in advance. (541) 830-8700.
Lost Creek Campground
Operated by the National Park Service from mid-July through mid-September. 16 sites for tent camping only. Located 3 miles south of Rim Drive on the Pinnacles Road.