Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park sits in southern Oregon and is what is known as a caldera lake which is the result of volcanic activity where the earth collapses as magma is exiting beneath the volcano. The area became a National Park in 1902 and was only the fifth National Park to be formed in the United States. The deepest part of the lake is almost 2000 feet deep making it second deepest lake on the continent and the ninth deepest on Earth. Vistors enjoy fishing, hiking and camping.

Crater Lake National Park Info


Crater Lake National Park

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News

Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks to Start This Weekend

Crater Lake National Park staff is pleased to announce our popular ranger-guided snowshoe walks begin this weekend for the 2019-20 winter season.  The walks take place on Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays (except December 25) from December 7 through April 26.  They will also be offered daily from December 26 through January 5 and from March 20 through March 29.  Snowshoes are provided free of charge and no previous snowshoeing experience is necessary.

Crater Lake National Park Begins to Increase Recreational Access

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Crater Lake National Park is increasing recreational access and services beginning June 8, 2020. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Crater Lake National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

Crater Lake National Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 18, 2020, the Steel Visitor Center at park headquarters is closed and fees will not be collected at the Annie Springs Entrance Station until further notice. Ranger guided snowshoe walks have also been cancelled.

Crater Lake National Park Photos

Crater Lake North Rim, Llalo Rock, OR 2013

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Crater Lake North Rim, Llalo Rock, OR 2013

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Visiting Crater Lake will give you the blues, but in a good sense. The cobalt blue of the deep water is like no other shade of the color. This picture is taken from the east rim, showing Llalo Rock in the right center. That is all that is left of huge Mt. Mazama, the volcano which erupted with such force that is fell in on itself forming the deep depression which holds the water. It is the extreme depth of the lake, and the fact that it contains only runoff of snow melt which makes the water color so astounding.

One more Crater Lake photo

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One more Crater Lake photo

and I'll move on to something else for a while :-)

Member of Nature’s Spirit
Good Stewards of Nature

Lodging in the Night

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Lodging in the Night

HWW :)

Let's go back to Crater Lake

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Let's go back to Crater Lake

shall we? :-).

This was taken very close to 9 PM. I love this kind of lighting. Hope you like this too

The Phantom Ship

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The Phantom Ship

is a small island that sits just off the shore in Crater Lake

Sun down at Crater Lake

A Face in the Crowd

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A Face in the Crowd

www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_umeMtV4QU

One of my favorite Tom Petty songs.

Actually, I chose the title because it looks like there is a face on the dead tree in the foreground. I love these old dead trees at Crater Lake. I find a lot of beauty in their colors, patterns, textures and imperfections created over time. I don't think of them as imperfections though. To me, they are perfect.

I took this a couple nights ago at sundown at Crater Lake, one of the most beautiful places anywhere. No matter how many times I visit this wonderful Southern Oregon gem, I am always mesmerized by its beauty and I can hardly stop looking and just being in total awe at something created by Mother Nature and born from such a violent episode between 6000 and 8000 years ago.

There is still activity under the water that says it may erupt again, or probably will erupt again at some point in time.

Light at Crater Lake

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Light at Crater Lake

Unworldly Blue, Crater Lake NP, OR 8-13

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Unworldly Blue, Crater Lake NP, OR 8-13

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'Nothing like the brochure' could be a title for this picture, but not in the negative sense. It is much better than the pictures you've seen. When we walked to the rim and looked down on the cobalt blue water we were stunned. That is Wizard Island in the center left of the shot with Llao Rock behind it. The latter shows the slope of the once towering Mazama volcano which collapsed on itself forming the basin of the second deepest lake in the USA.

Crater Lake

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Crater Lake

The orange formation in the center is called the Pumice Castle. The pumice was formed by an eruption ~70,000 years ago, covered by material from later eruptions, exposed when the surrounding materials subsided into the caldera left by the explosion of Mt. Mazama, and then eroded by the elements.

Crater Lake

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Crater Lake

The island is called the Phantom Ship; it's the remains of a large andesite dike. It is ~400,000 years old and was left behind during the massive eruption of Mt. Mazama and subsequent subsidence to form the caldera 7,700 years ago. (Mt. Mazama was one of the Cascades. Until it wasn't. It lost ~4000 feet off the top in that explosion.)

Crater Lake into the Evening

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Crater Lake into the Evening

Crater Lake at Night

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Crater Lake at Night

Crater Lake

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Crater Lake

Crater Lake

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Crater Lake

Wizard Island Crater Lake OR 073162.jpg

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Wizard Island Crater Lake OR 073162.jpg

Wizard Island and Devil's Backbone (dike) Crater Lake OR 073162.jpg

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Wizard Island and Devil's Backbone (dike) Crater Lake OR 073162.jpg

Edge of Crater Lake from Sinnott Crater Lake OR 073162.jpg

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Edge of Crater Lake from Sinnott Crater Lake OR 073162.jpg

Chuck, Buddy, Mother, Robbie Crater Lake OR 073162.jpg

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Chuck, Buddy, Mother, Robbie Crater Lake OR 073162.jpg

Crater Lake Night

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Crater Lake Night

Crater Lake

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Crater Lake

Part of The Pinnacles, on the outside of the caldera rim. Hot gasses moving to the surface cemented portions of this layer of ash and pumice. The softer uncemented parts of the layer were then removed by erosion.