Crater Lake was high on my list of the places I most wanted to see on our trip because of its uniqueness.
The lake formed when a volcano erupted 7,500 years ago. The volcano walls collapsed inward, leaving a several thousand feet deep crater that slowly filled with rainwater and snowmelt over the millennia. The water is crystal clear with visibility to a depth of 180 feet or thereabout.
Crater Lake did not disappoint, the views from the crater rim of the lake and Wizard Island in the lake are spectacular. The water is as blue as the sky. The lake is much bigger than I expected, and I couldn’t capture the entire lake in a single photo.
Though the lake is big, Crater Lake is definitely a park that can be visited in a day or two. Once you see the lake from one or two angles along the rim, you kind of get it, and the next rim overlook doesn’t add a whole lot more to what you’ve already seen.
You certainly won’t see everything that Crater Lake has to offer in a day or two, but you can experience a great deal of what the park has to offer by driving around Rim Drive and taking a short hike here and there, such as hikes to Painkley Fall and The Pinnacles.
We considered the guided boat tour of Crater Lake, but Wilson did not meet the minimum age for the tour. We opted instead to rent a john boat on nearby Diamond Lake, where we were camped for the week.
Here are our photos from Crater Lake.