The Crater Lake National Park is a breathtaking and heavenly wonderland located in Oregon, United States. It is home to the gorgeous Crater Lake which happens to be the deepest lake in the United States with a maximum depth of 1,949 feet (594 m).
The fresh water of the lake is some of the clearest and cleanest water found anywhere in the world. The “crater” part refers to the caldera that was formed when a violent volcano erupted over 7700 years ago. The eruption left behind a crater in the middle of a mountainous region that was filled by natural rain and glacier water, forming this striking lake that became the main feature of the Crater Lake National Park.
Some other famous features of the park include the Pumice Desert, the Pinnacles, Union and Crater Peaks, Rim Drive, Steel Bay, the old-growth forests, and the Pacific Crest Trail. The park offers a variety of hiking and camping opportunities. It is also a great place for fishing enthusiasts as the lake offers unlicensed fishing opportunities.
A USGS expedition to study the Crater Lake was started in 1886 by William Gladstone Steel, an American Journalist, and geologist Clarence Dutton. It was based on the data collected from this expedition and excessive lobbying efforts by Steel that the Crater Lake National Park was established by then US President, Theodore Roosevelt, on the 22th May, 1902. Now, the park receives over 700,000 visitors each year, and the number keeps growing with each passing year.
The Crater Lake National Park is fully accessible during the late summer and early fall months. The park sees heavy snowfall from winter through spring, which renders the trails and roads leading to the park inaccessible. The months of July, August, September, and even early October are ideal for a visit to this park, since the roads, especially the ever-popular Rim Drive, tend to be clear of snow. All flower lovers should visit the park in fall since late July and early August are the months that offer vivid views of blooming wildflowers on the trail.