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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Crater Lake

Day 3 of posting some of my favorite vacation getaways in Oregon. Today's photo is of Crater Lake. I have only been to Crater Lake twice in my life. The last was just a short stop on the way back home from California. There are many camping locations nearby, and I would love to someday stay in the area for a few days again.

A few interesting facts about Crater Lake:

-- Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
-- Crater Lake National Park is the only national park in Oregon.
-- The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148 ft deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama.
-- There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such that the total amount of water is replaced every 250 years.
-- Crater Lake is known for the "Old Man of the Lake", a full-sized tree which is now a stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for more than a century. Due to the cold water, the tree has been rather well preserved.
-- Since 2002, one of the state's regular-issue license plate designs has featured Crater Lake.
-- The commemorative Oregon State Quarter, which was released by the United States Mint in 2005, features an image of Crater Lake on its reverse.


  1. An excellent shot and interesting info! You must have been up high to get that photo.

  2. The last time we were at Crater Lake it was shrouded in smoke. It actually made for some interesting photographs.

  3. Wow! What a terrific shot. I've hiked to the top of Wizard Island (I think that's what it's called). Lovely spot. I want to go back. It's amazing how many of my Nor Cal friends have NEVER been to Crater Lake. Such a pity since it truly is a spectacular landmark.

  4. Gorgeous photo! This was on my list of things to see before I moved but alas, didn't get there.


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