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Rim Village, Crater Lake National Park

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Historic Site
Rim Village is the main area for tourist services in Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon, United States. It is located on the southwest rim of the caldera overlooking Crater Lake. The National Park Service designed Rim Village to concentrate park services at a location that provided easy access to rim trails and view points. Because of the unique rustic architecture of the Rim Village structures and the surrounding park landscape, the area was listed as Rim Village Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.Early historyCrater Lake lies inside a caldera created 7,700 years ago when the 12000ft high Mount Mazama collapsed following a large volcanic eruption. Over the following millennium, the caldera was filled with rain water forming today's lake. The Klamath Indians revered Crater Lake for its deep blue waters. In 1853, three gold miners found the lake, and named it Deep Blue Lake. However, because the lake was so high in the Cascade Mountains the discovery was soon forgotten.In 1886, Captain Clarence Dutton, commander of a United States Geological Survey party, carried a half-ton survey boat, the Cleetwood, up the steep mountain slope and lowered it 2000ft into the lake. From the Cleetwood, Dutton used piano wire to measure the depth of the lake at 168 different points. The survey team determined the lake was 1996ft deep. This is surprisingly close to the modern sonar based readings made in 1959 that established the lake's deepest point at 1932ft.
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  • This is a good oasis if you are up by the lake. On this blustery late March day it offered a great place to warm up and shop. The staff was friendly and helpful and the store had a wide selection of b...  more »
  • Rim Village is the only vista point you can see Crater Lake from in the winter time. Even in early May all the other roads were closed because of the snow. It really offers spectacular views. Truly be...  more »
  • In winter, the north entrance to the park is closed and the rim roads are similarly blocked off. You'll hike through a little snow, but you have great views of the lake right outside of the Village gi...  more »
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  • The tremendous beauty of Crater Lake is unmatched by any other natural setting I've experienced. The quiet depth of the blue water and the dramatic rock structures jutting up the crater wall surrounding the lake combine to give those bearing witness a kind of inner peace and serenity that can only be found in nature. Also, the gift shop is nice.
  • Loved our stop here and explored the grand views. Beautiful. Paved walking paths.
  • We did the Bend Ale Trail and stopped by the visitor center to pick up our pint glasses. The women at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. They have a lot of great information and brochures about Bend and the surrounding towns.
  • Beautiful!
  • Great books!