Crater Lake National Park was founded on May 22, 1902. With a depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) it is the deepest lake in the United States, and ninth deepest in the world.
Mount Mazama erupted in approximately 5,677 BC, reducing it’s size by about one mile, with its collapsed caldera creating Crater Lake in the process. The caldera created by the eruption at Mount Mazama was 42 times greater than that of Mount St. Helens in 1980. Human interaction with Mount Mazama dates back nearly 7,000 years!
If you’re an avid fisherman, you can find Kokanee Salmon and Rainbow Trout in Crater Lake. There are no fishing permits required to fish in Crater Lake National Park. All waters are restricted to the use of artificial lures and flies only. Private boats or flotation devices are not allowed on Crater Lake.
The current fee to enter Crater Lake National Park is $15. This pass is good for seven days. The park plans on raising the fee to $25 in 2018. Although the park fee seems steep, the price of admission is minuscule compared to the scenic wonders and natural treasures you’ll witness on your journey.
While you’re exploring Crater Lake National Park, take a trip to Wizard Island, which is a secondary cone rising over 750 feet above the lake surface. You’ll be able to take in the full beauty of the surrounding lake and deep blue water.
There is only one place where it is safe and legal to get down to the lake shore. It is the Cleetwood Cove Trail, which usually opens mid to late June. The trail is 1.1 miles long and drops nearly 700 feet down to the lake shore.
If you’re traveling from Portland to Crater Lake National Park, your trip will be roughly 4.5 hours. While on your drive, you’ll be able to see the scenic Umpqua and Winema National Forests. Crater Lake and Crater Lake National Park are one of the Seven Wonder’s of Oregon. Make sure you get out and explore this magnificent destination while on your travels throughout the Pacific Northwest.