Facts of Crater Lake in Oregon

by admin on June 1, 2014

Facts of Crater Lake in Oregon

 

One of the prettiest lakes you will ever visit is Crater Lake in Oregon. This deep lake is located in the center of a collapsed inactive volcano.

Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon, just north of the California border and one hundred miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The lake is inside a caldera, a volcanic basin. That basin was created over 7700 years ago after the last eruption of Mt. Mazama.

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Moist air is brought in from the Pacific ocean and cools as it travels up to the area of Crater Lake. The moisture falls out of the air and over 500 inches of snow falls every year, replenishing any water that may have seeped or evaporated from the lake during the year. The level of the lake remains fairly constant year round.

The depth of this lake is 1,943 feet, making it the deepest lake in the United States and seventh deepest in the world.

Summertime visitors to the lake are able to drive around the entire lake rim. In about October, the snows start to fall and North Rim Drive has to be closed. It does not usually open back until mid-June. South rim village is open on most days even through the winter. Visitors may have to walk through tunnels in the snow in order to visit the gift shop or the restaurant. Crater Lake lodge is also located in South Rim Village.

When North Rim drive is open, it is possible to take a 45 minute steep hike to the lake surface. There is a boat ramp at the end of the hike that will allow visitors to ride a boat on the lake to Wizard Island. This will give you a unique view of Crater Lake.

Campgrounds are available in the Park during the summer months. Remember that night time temperatures can be very cold, even during the summer. You will want to have plenty of warm clothes and bedding to stay warm when camping. There are several state campgrounds that are also near Crater Lake. Diamond Lake and Stewart State park both offer camping, boating and fishing as well as camping.

Because of the weather differences at Crater Lake and the surrounding valleys, it is best to call ahead about the weather before making a visit to the park. This is especially true in the Autumn, winter and spring months. Mild days on the valley floors can be severe winter days at the park. You do not want to drive up the mountain to have to turn around before ever reaching the Lake because you do not have chains or other traction devices.

When driving to Crater Lake by way of Interstate 5 you will want to take the Highway 62 exit (Number 30) off of I-5. You will find several options for lodging in the Medford Area, with the newest hotels being located near the airport on Biddle Road and along the new highway interchange (Number 27) where several nice new hotels are located. There are a few older lodges along highway 62 along the route to Crater Lake.

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