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.AccessCurrent public access to Wizard Island is available only during the summer months when boat tours on Crater Lake are in operation. The tours depart from Cleetwood Cove at the north end of the lake, and circle the lake in the counterclockwise direction, stopping at a dock at Governors Bay on the south side of Wizard Island. Passengers on boat trips early in the day may choose to disembark on the island, but must be prepared to spend the entire day on the island if subsequent boats are too full to take on additional passengers. Those on late afternoon boat trips are not permitted to disembark. A final boat is dispatched at the end of each day to pick up any stragglers since overnight camping is not permitted on the island. Two hiking trails are available on Wizard Island, one of which switchbacks up the flanks of the cone and circles the crater on top while the other trail meanders from the dock towards the western end of the island.
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  • Loved the view of this island in Crater Lake! Definitely worth the cost of a lake view room in the Lodge to be able to see this from my bed every morning!  more »
  • My first time visiting Crater Lake and seeing Wizard Island. We visited after a blizzard so everything was covered in snow, beautiful!!  more »
  • I went here in early April. There was about 7 feet of snow on the roadside on the way up. The island sitting in the middle of the super blue water is a beautiful site. The visitor center explained tha...  more »
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  • 10/10 lots of Wizards
  • Holy, beautiful place
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