Deepest Lake In North America
Crater Lake, at the northern end of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway – All American Road was formed when Mount Mazama imploded, leaving a huge hole called a caldera which eventually filled with water to create the lake. With a depth of 1943′, it’s north America’s deepest and clearest lake – the intense blue will astound you! Visibility at times can be 140 feet!
Known only to local Native Americans who revered it, the lake was originally named “Deep Blue Lake”. In June 1853, prospectors hunting for gold led by John Wesley Hillman stumbled upon Crater Lake. President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national park May 22, 1902, making it the fifth oldest national park.
During summer navigate the 33-mile Rim Drive around the lake, enjoy boat tours to Wizard Island, camp at Mazama Village, or hike the park’s various trails, including Mt. Scott which peaks at 8,929 ft. Swim the cool, clear water at Cleetwood Cove.
Winter brings some of the heaviest snowfall in the country, averaging 533 inches per year. Although park facilities mostly close for this snowy season, visitors may view the lake during fair weather, enjoy cross-country skiing, sledding or participate in weekend snowshoe hikes.