Crater Lake was created 7,700 years ago after a violent eruptions caused a towering volcano to collapse. Scientists are in awe of its purity and the lake possibly the most pristine on the planet, fed by rain and snow. Sightseers, photographers, and artists often stand in wonder at the stunning setting with the lake's blue water.
Established in 1902, Crater Lake National Park is situated in the southern part of Oregon and is one of the country's oldest national parks. The area includes the remnant of the destroyed Mount Mazama volcano, Crater Lake's caldera, and the forests and hills that surround it. Crater Lake is the ninth deepest lake in the world, second deepest in North America, and the deepest lake in the United States. The deepest point is 1,949 feet.
When comparing average depth, however, Crater Lake is the third deepest in the world and the deepest in the Western Hemisphere with an average depth of 1,148 feet. This volcanic lake's incredible average depth is due to almost symmetrical caldera that's 4,000 feet deep, as well as the somewhat moist climate. The rim of the caldera varies in elevation from 7,000 feet to 8,000 feet.
Crater Lake National Park spans 183,224 acres. All of the water that fills Crater Lake is ultimately lost from subsurface seepage or evaporation, and is replaced completely from direct rain and snow The water of the lake is usually a beautiful blue hue. Photo: srongkrod/Fotolia
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Crater Lake National Park in Oregon
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