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This lake is a 1,943 foot deep, relucent freshwater sanctuary beating with the geological pulse of a violent volcanic past. It’s the second deepest lake in North America and has no streams Read more...
This lake is a 1,943 foot deep, relucent freshwater sanctuary beating with the geological pulse of a violent volcanic past. It’s the second deepest lake in North America and has no streams flowing into it. The only way it gets refilled is rain and snow.
What’s more, there is a cinder cone called Wizard Island in the middle (sick name). You can visit this mystical island via boat tours that leave daily. Fun fact, since there are no roads that lead directly to the lake, all of the boats here were delivered by helicopter. Due to its high elevation, much of the rim is covered by snow in the winter months. While the cold makes for excellent visibility, we suggest visiting in the summer to get the full experience.
In the summer there is excellent hiking and fishing (no license required). If you’re feeling really courageous, try backpacking the 33 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail or swimming in the freezing cold water. Just be careful, or you might end up as blue as it is.
Crater Lake will inspire you with starry skies, diverse wildlife, unforgettable landscape contrasts, and the sense of being small in the midst of something grand.