Crater Lake National Park, located in southern Oregon is a magnificent site to see. The lake was formed over 7,000 years ago during the massive eruption of Mount Mazama. The lake is the deepest in the USA, and one of the deepest in the world. There are no rivers running into the lake, but it maintains its depth through rainfall and melting snow. The lack of pollutants keep this lake amazingly clear and blue.
Crater Lake National Park was established 1902, thanks to President Theodore Roosevelt. Crater Lake Lodge was completed in 1915, and offers nice views of the lake, a restaurant, bar and other amenities. The lodge and campgrounds fill up quickly, so plan your trip well in advance. Rim Drive was completed in 1918 and is a good place to start your tour of the park. This 33 mile drive has many points of interest and places to stop to take photos.
Along the drive you will see the two islands in the lake, Wizard Island and Phantom Ship, as well as interesting rock formations.
There are many activities in the park including hiking, swimming, biking, fishing, boat tours, and in the winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Swimming is restricted to just one location which can be reached via the Cleetwood Cove Trail. We took several hikes including Watchman Peak, a short, but steep hike that ends at a fire watch tower.
It was a clear day when we hiked this trail and we were rewarded with a view of Mt. Shasta.
There are many places to take photos and stop to do a sketch.
We are fortunate to have an abundance of National Parks and Monuments in our country, and it is important that we protect the animals, plants and natural beauty in the parks. We need to preserve these public places and support conservation efforts to maintain these national treasures. If you visit, be a courteous and conscientious visitor.
Have you visited Crater Lake? If so, please leave a comment with your favorite activities there.