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Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake National Park
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Known for its deep blue color and clear waters, Crater Lake National Park formed in a collapsed volcano. The lake is more than a protected ecosystem, it is also a sacred place to the Klamath tribe, who researchers think may have witnessed the collapse of the volcano. You'll be able to see another legendary aspect of the lake as well. "Old Man of the Lake," once a tree, now a stump, has bobbed in the lake for centuries. Crater Lake National Park boasts hiking trails and lookout points all around its rim. Use our Crater Lake National Park tourist route planner to arrange your visit to Crater Lake National Park and other attractions in Crater Lake National Park.
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  • We visited Crater Lake National Park in mid-April and all but 1 visiting area was opened. We were able to take lots of pictures of the incredible blue lake with snow capped mountains of the surroundin...  more »
  • excellent hiking, on special days can bike the 33+ mile loop around the lake. View of wizard Island in this lake of crystal blue water. If in OREGON, must see 
  • I loved the talk by the Ranger about the history of the lake. We went camping in the park and it was quite cool at night but great sleeping weather with a warm enough sleeping bag. The color of the la...  more »
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  • Beautiful National Park and a must visit. If you are within 100 miles, make time to go out of your way. Hard to believe that there are Oregon residents that have never visited a National park in their own backyard.
  • Epic. Plan a day to go around it and see some of the sights. It's pretty far from anything so you're smart to pack food unless you want to go to their lodge and pay top dollar. We'll be back. If going without little kids, someone told me you can tour the little island in the crater even into its crevasse.
  • Crater Lake National Park Crater Lake National Park is the finest, most beautiful lake I've ever seen. It is breathtaking. The deep blue, and the beauty surrounding the lake, the volcano inside the volcano all add up to images in my mind that are lasting. The volcano in the volcano is the little island that's in the middle of the lake. I could wordsmith with superlatives and drone on and on about this wonderful park however it is best to leave part of the wow factor to the visitor. I always recommend stopping at every turn out to enjoy each vista and the particular light, color and terrain. As a volcanic creation there are rock formations around the edge in tall spires in some places. There are views of the island and forest that contrast beautifully. There are reflections of the lake on the blue water that can be so clear as to be a beautiful picture upside down or right side up. The thrill of the Lodge awaits your visit. note that the lodge on the lake is booked far in advance, so plan ahead and enjoy one of the planet’s beautiful jewels. It is so beautiful that if I live closer by I'd be coming a lot more often and just gazing into Crater Lake in awe.
  • One of the most wonderful places. I am in awe every time I visit. Many activities and hikes at different difficulty levels. Lots of view points and wonderful photo opportunities. Don't miss the observation deck below the visitor center near the lodge!
  • Breathtaking! I have never seen water so blue. Water that only comes from snow or rainfall. Crater Lake is a drive through National Park with turnouts so you can get those stunning views. We went on a weekend were 1/4 of the west rim was closed due to the fires, but that didn't ruin anything at all. The East Rim was just as perfect. Took another road to see the Pinnacles (about 7 miles off the main road). This park is ripe with hikes (beginners - advanced). If you want to go camping however, plan ahead. Permits are needed and reservations are required. But if you are just driving through for the day, bring your camera and take it all in. Will definitely return!