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Reminiscing on Crater Lake

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year-and-a-half since Erin and I took the trip east out of Ashland to see such a wonderful natural feature. I’ve done my share of sight-seeing and hiking but nothing can really prepare you for the awesomeness of this one-of-a-kind National Park.

A picture of my baby. You can see the rim from many miles away. It’s a pretty remote place to visit, so I’d recommend fueling up early and often. Make sure you have a full tank before leaving Klamath Falls. That said there is a gas pump at the ranger station near the summit.

Crater lake contains some of the purest waters on the planet. Along with the totally pristine conditions, the lake has also been verified to be the deepest body of water in North America.

If you hoof it down to Cleetwood Cove you are supposedly¹ allowed to swim in the lake, keeping in mind the deep waters are frigid cold year-round.

Fishing is permitted but you must us use a plastic lure—as all live bait is strictly prohibited! You may only fish from the shoreline at Cleetwood Cove or from Wizard’s Island when the tour boats are running. No license needed in the Lake, but OR state license required for all the streams in the park.

The lake began 7,700 years ago when Mount Mazama—a complex volcano—erupted with the force of an atomic blast. The resulting displacement formed the caldera (crater) and eventually the surface cooled enough for rain water to accumulate on the site.

There are two small islands on the lake. The one pictured above, Wizard’s Island, is the bigger of the two and can be toured—book ahead and know that tours run around $60 per ticket.

The islands formed from subsequent volcanic activity.

It’s nice to imagine such a warm and sunny September day as we pass through the cold final days of Winter.

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