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Wizard Island, Crater Lake National Park

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Wizard Island is a volcanic cinder cone which forms an island at the west end of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. The top of the island reaches 6933ft above sea level, about 755ft above the average surface of the lake. The cone is capped by a volcanic crater about 500ft wide and 100ft deep. The crater was named the "Witches Cauldron" by William Gladstone Steel in 1885, who also gave Wizard Island its name at the same time. The land area of the island is.FormationWizard Island was created after Mount Mazama, a large stratovolcano, erupted violently approximately 7,700 years ago, forming its caldera which now contains Crater Lake. Following the cataclysmic caldera-forming eruption, which left a hole about 4000ft deep where the mountain had once stood, a series of smaller eruptions over the next several hundred years formed several cinder cones on the caldera floor. The highest of these cones, the only one to rise above the current lake level, is Wizard Island, which rises over 2700ft above the lowest point on the caldera floor and the deepest point in the lake.Another large cinder cone, Merriam Cone, is located in the northeast part of the lake. Although Merriam Cone rises about 1400ft above the caldera floor, its summit is still below the average lake level. Its surface features and lack of a crater indicate that Merriam Cone formed under water.
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  • Absolutely beautiful views, outstanding, well worth going. Sapphire blue waters trapped in this enormous crater. The drive around the rim is an absolute must do.  more »
  • WIZARD ISLAND takes the form of a small volcano, with a tiny caldera, situated in the middle of a humongous volcano, known as Mount Mazama which has a humongous caldera, known as Crater Lake. The tiny...  more »
  • Another product of the collapse super volcano Mount Mazama is Wizard Island. Located on the west side of Crater Lake, the island was formed as a cinder cone. Another pristine and beautiful component o...  more »