Saturday, January 5, 2008

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake was one of America's first National Parks, established after a campaign of many years by W.G. Steele. Visited by John Muir in the late 1800's, the origin of Crater Lake was not initially not understood. It is now known that the lake lies in the caldera of ancient Mount Mazama, which collapsed some 7,700 years ago following one of the largest volcanic eruptions in human history.

With an average of 533 inches of snowfall annually Crater Lake has some of the purest water in the West, and is the seventh deepest lake in the world.

Crater Lake is open year round but lodging is generally open from mid-May to October. Conditions can vary so check TripCheck.com for road conditions before your trip to Crater Lake National Park.

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