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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  • August 4, 2017
    Multiple tours of the lake were cancelled and no rescheduling was available. Two of three boats were out of commission, they blamed it on the harsh winter weather. Since every winter is harsh up at Cr...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    We were able to get some beautiful pictures of Wizard Island- The island is on the western side of Crater Lake- with the blue of the lake, white snow in the background on the mountains, and the greene...  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    Just a heads up that when we visited on July 14th (first day of the boat tours) all Wizard Island tours were cancelled due to the discovery of a damaged boat.  more »

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Where to stay in Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park operates two campgrounds inside of the park: Mazama Campground, which offers reservations, and Lost Creek Campground, which functions on a first-come, first-served basis. The park also offers accommodations in Crater Lake Lodge and Mazama Village Cabins, with the former open from mid-May through mid-October and the latter open from late May until early October. The park's isolated location limits accommodation options outside its boundaries, but you can find a few campgrounds, inns, and bed and breakfasts in the surrounding communities. Some of these are clustered in the town of Fort Klamath, just south of the park's entrance.
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