Crater Lake National Park Travel Guide
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Plan Your Crater Lake National Park Vacation
The pure, crystalline blue of Crater Lake astounds visitors at first sight. More than 5 mi wide and ringed by cliffs almost 2,000 feet high, the lake was created approximately 7,700 years ago, following Mt. Mazama's fiery explosion. Days after the eruption, the mountain collapsed on an underground chamber emptied of lava. Rain and snowmelt filled the caldera, creating a sapphire-blue lake so clear that sunlight penetrates to a depth of 400 feet (the lake's depth is 1,943 feet). Today it's both the clearest and deepest lake in the United States—and the seventh deepest in the world.
Crater Lake's summer season is relatively brief, and the park's main lodge is generally booked with guest reservations a year in advance. If you don't snag...read more
There are a few casual eateries and convenience stores within the park. For fantastic upscale dining on the caldera's rim, head to the Crater Lake Lodge...read more
Things To Do in Crater Lake National Park
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
The lake: Cruise inside the caldera basin and gaze into the extraordinary sapphire blue water of the country's deepest lake.... Read more
Two primary types of fish swim beneath the surface of Crater Lake: kokanee salmon and rainbow trout. It's estimated that hundreds of thousands... Read more
Crater Lake National Park: A Global Treasure, by former park rangers Ann and Myron Sutton, celebrates the park's first 100 years with stunning... Read more
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