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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park


Crater Lake National Park can be visited on any Oregon weekend, it is the 6th oldest National Park in the country. It is one of the most visited attractions in Oregon. With 180 000 acres of magnificent beauty it is no wonder why so many want to visit. Park visitors are often surprised and unprepared for how beautiful the park is in person. Pictures from a cameras lens offer only a limited view through the lens, but seen in person Crater Lake is awesome. The lake of course, provides the main grandeur but the surrounding area is also a testament to the beauty of what South Central Oregon has to offer its guests.

This majestic lake owes its origins to volcanic action, which is obvious when you see the 2 000 ft sheer cliffs plummeting down into famous clear, deep blue water of the lake. Located inside of a volcanic basin, called a caldera, that was created some 7,700 years ago when Mt. Mazama collapsed; the Park is at the crest of the cascade mountain range and about 100 miles east of the Pacific Ocean.

The Lake is considered the seventh deepest lake in the world and the deepest in the U.S. The lake is 1,943 feet deep and its main source of water is from an average snow fall of 533 inches per year.

Visitors have been coming to Crater Lake National Park for over 100 years. They come for many reasons not the least are due to its importance as a research center. In reality, few realize that the Park is a top notch research center, attracting students, teachers, artists and scientists from around the world. Research is funded by public and private funds, and is considered by members and staff to be crowning jewel of the Crater Lake National Park.

The Park is closed normally through the winter season, but you can enjoy its beauty and splendor any other time of year. If you're a hiker, adventurer, student, or simply curious member of the public, Park National Lake crater will certainly leave you breathless and you will never forget your visit.

Two camping grounds within the park offer space for two hundred and sixteen tents. Sites are available on a first come basis. If you prefer there are also some excellent hotels in the region, many of which are in the historic properties.

The best way to see the Park is to explore RIM Road, which extends around the edge of the Park. This road takes you on a tour of the area, this road takes you passed many hidden landscapes and points of view where you can look down on the magnificent volcanic landscape.

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