Crater Lake sits in a rugged portion of the Cascade Range and is famous for its deep, jewel-blue water. An impressive 20-mile ring of cliffs encloses the basin and adds to its magnificence.
About a four-hour drive from Portland, Oregon, the lake is surrounded by wilderness areas with meadows of seasonal wildflowers and old-growth forests abundant with conifers like pine, hemlock and fir. Visitors can tour the 33-mile Ring Road for beautiful views and take boat rides to explore Wizard Island, a cinder cone that rises 763 feet from the surface of the water.
Fun Fact: Crater Lake
Measuring nearly 2,000 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest body of freshwater in the United States and the ninth-deepest lake in the world.
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Trip The Oregon Experience Renew your spirit in the gorgeous Oregon outdoors on this exceptional Pacific Northwest adventure! You begin in the Cascade Mountains at Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the U.S., tucked into an extinct volcano at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Your hikes—easy to strenuous—begin right off the historic 33-mile rim road. At night, the dark sky is a light show of stars and planets.
Advocacy in Action Keep Crater Lake Wild A wilderness designation will preserve Crater Lake, its wildlife and its outdoor recreation opportunities forever. It's time to give this iconic park the protection it deserves.
Magazine Article On the Road Take a drive through the national parks of Oregon & California and witness a land of extremes.