Crater Lake National Park is located in southern Oregon about 80 miles from Medford Oregon and 60 miles from Klamath Falls Oregon. After the 12,000 foot mount Mazama collapsed following an eruption 7,700 years ago, the crater has been receiving an average of 533 inches of snow every year which has formed one of the bluest lakes in the world. In 2000, it measured at 1,943 feet deep making it the deepest lake in the United States and the seventh deepest in the world. The water in the lake is trapped because it has no inlets or outlets and the only water escape is from evaporation and from seepage. High cliffs surround the lake which provides spectacular views of its blue waters and the two picturesque islands.
Crater Lake lodge provides tourists a place to stay, dine, and shop. It was built in 1915 to encourage tourism to the area and to Southern Oregon in general. Each year, Crater Lake Park has been visited by about 500,000 people from most corners of the world and it is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Oregon.
If you like to hike, this area provides 90 miles of one way and loop trails and the only way to access the lake is via the 1.1 miles Cleetwood Cove trail that descends 700 feet to the lake surface. Once there, you can take a boat ride that will provide a journey of unforgettable memories.
Besides hiking, there is a lot more to do in this area. The high cascades of Southern Oregon is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. It offers some of the best biking, snowshoeing, and skiing in the United States.
So, pack your bags and head over to take a glimpse at Crater Lake and its surrounding areas. You will be astonished by its beauty.
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