Oregon's Stunning Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park preserves on of the most unique areas in Oregon and the country. The lake is one of the deepest in the world and it has the most stunning blue color to the water. It is certainly a lake that everyone should take the opportunity to visit. Crater Lake is a great summer and winter destination, with excellent recreation and amazing views throughout the year.
The lake is over 1,900 feet deep, which makes it the deepest lake in the United States and one of the deepest lakes in the entire world. Visitors to Crater Lake have an opportunity to learn about the volcanic history of the lake and the amazing force that created the lake. The lake was formed by the eruption of Mount Mazama 7,700 years ago. The massive eruption left a huge caldera. Over time the caldera filled with snow and rain, creating the beautiful Crater Lake we know today.
Most of the year Crater Lake National Park is covered in snow, however it has a short summer period from July to October when visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities in the park. During the short summer you can enjoy many activities that are not available during the winter. The Rim Drive is open during the summer months and is an excellent way to enjoy the views of the lake.
Crater Lake is also an excellent destination for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming and more. The park has over 90 miles of hiking trails. The Cleetwood trail is the trail that visitors can hike inside the caldera, and is the only access to the lake. There are trails ranging in difficulty from easy to difficult. Crater Lake National Park's trails offer views of the lake and other amazing natural features of the park.
In addition during the summer the park offers interpretive programs where visitors can learn about the history of the park and the very interesting volcanic past of the lake. There are hikes led by rangers, as well as children's activities. Visitors that want to explore the lake can take narrated boat tours of the lake.
Crater Lake National Park's winter lasts from October to July. During this long winter period, the Rim Drive is mostly closed, but visitors can still enjoy a wide variety of winter activities. The park gets an average snowfall of over 530 inches. There are trails and unplowed roads, which are great for winter recreation. Crater Lake is a great destination for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Oregon's Crater Lake National Park is an amazing destination. The lakes sparkling blue water and the sheer cliff walls surrounding the lake make it a unique and stunningly beautiful region. Visitors to the park can enjoy recreation throughout the year. Whether visiting in the winter when the park is covered in pristine white snow or in the summer, the views and opportunities within this park are limitless.