At a depth of 1,943ft Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is the deepest lake in the United States. Created by the eruption of Mount Mazama around 7,700 years ago. Within a few days the volcano had erupted so fiercely that it caved in on itself.
Wizard island sits in the middle of the lake. A volcano within a volcano, Wizard island was a cinder cone that erupted after the lake began filling in with water. Cinder cones erupted on the bottom of the lake until the ash ground had been sealed with lava.
The lake is 5-6 miles in diameter and one of the clearest lakes in the world. The water’s surface was still the whole time I was there, perfectly reflecting the summer clouds above.
A thunderstorm rolled over the water that morning, and the clouds captivated me.
I took a short hike down the Cleetwood trail. This trail is the only one that has access to the lake water. Boats take off for tours from this spot, and there is swimming available.
When I got there I was encouraged by a family to jump off the small cliff they were jumping. Persuaded by the idea that I may never be there again, I jumped.
When I jumped the water knocked the breath out of me with its cold temperature. I had to remember to swim to start getting my muscle memory and lungs back. Totally worth it though.
Crater Lake’s azure blue, or cobalt blue water cannot be properly described through photograph. Imagine the purest color blue you can and that is Crater Lake.
Crater Lake is a must stop in Oregon. With it only being about 5-6 miles in diameter you can see the whole thing in a day. I got up at sunrise and drove the rim drive and was pretty much the only person on the road at this time. Beat the crowds and get the best light this way!