Crater Lake to Mount Rainier

Crater Lake to Mount Rainier

Crater Lake National Park is located in southern Oregon in the US.  Here are some Crater Lake facts;

  • Deepest lake in the US, 10th deepest in the world
  • It’s a caldera lake
  • 655 meters deep
  • It has 2 islands, Wizard Island and the smaller Phantom Ship
  • It offers perfect reflection photography on a clear day
Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

If you are lucky enough to visit Crater Lake on a clear day like I was, you’ll be rewarded by one of the most beautiful views on this earth.  If you visit Crater Lake on a cloudy day, you won’t see anything.  Because our American friends like to provide a great service they have set up a webcam so you can see the conditions before visiting.

There are a couple of motels and campgrounds at the park, personally I found better value motels in Klameth Falls.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

The large island is called Wizard Island and the smaller island is called Phantom Ship.  You’ll be able to count 7 trees on Phantom Island.  Something else to look out for is the ‘old man of the lake’.  The ‘old man’ is actually a tree stump which has been floating vertically in the water for over 100 years.  I would be very impressed if someone saw this in the huge lake and photographed it!

Squirrel, Crater Lake, Oregon

Squirrel, Crater Lake, Oregon

Around the lake you’ll see many squirrels.  They are very friendly, I’m sure they get fed well by visitors.  If you like squirrel photography they like to pose in front of the lake!

Washington State Sign, Washington, US

Washington State Sign, Washington, US

From Crater Lake I headed North on I-5 towards the famous Mount Rainier.  For me part of the fun of driving in the US is getting a photo of the state sign when crossing over state lines.  Another part of the fun is visiting one of the thousands of fast food restaurants you’ll pass on the interstate.  I drove 6 hours on I-5 North before stopping at Kelso, Washington which offers great value motels close to Mount Rainier.

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2017-03-13T13:21:30+00:00January 13th, 2017|North America, USA|18 Comments


  1. Lisa January 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I am definitely going to spend some time in Washington/Oregon over the next year or so I will put this on my list. Its all so beautiful and amazing!

  2. George January 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Whenever I travel I always try to squeeze in a visit to a National Park. As a huge wildlife & mountaineering fan, I always enjoy reading posts about a destination I could see myself visiting. As both Crater Lake and Mount Rainier are close to Seattle and Vancouver Island, where I’m heading next, I might pay this park a visit!

    I can also see your fascination with snapping photos of various state sign when crossing over state lines, I have a curious little collection of those!

  3. Clare January 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    I never made it here when I was in the US, but I am putting it on my list for next time. It looks so beautiful and my type of place to visit. I have it on my bucket list to visit all the US national parks so I will be here one day 🙂

  4. Leah January 16, 2017 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Okay, this is definitely going on my Instagram bucket list! Would love to get here sometime, although it’s a bit far from me. Hope I get to go one day!

  5. Samantha Lorenz January 16, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I can’t believe I live so close to this lake and I’ve never been! We’ve flown over it a few times but I had no idea it could be so gorgeous from the ground. I hope I get a chance to squeeze in a visit this summer.

  6. Rob January 16, 2017 at 3:16 am - Reply

    I haven’t been to Crater Lake since I was a teenager, but I remember it well. There are some beautiful hiking trails all around that area, too. Oddly enough, I do remember the squirrels. We got them to pose for us with a small offering of chips and peanuts. 😉

  7. Mel January 16, 2017 at 4:43 am - Reply

    You are making me miss the PNW. We usually head out that way each summer. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Crater Lake — more than 20 years! — but I can still picture it clearly (your photos help, too!). Good tip on staying in Klammath Falls. I always take pics of the state signs, too!

  8. Deni January 16, 2017 at 4:47 am - Reply

    Crater Lake sounds absolutely amazing! That crystal clear reflection is definitely something that doesn’t come by often, normally! I also might have laughed a bit about the squirrel photography and the squirrels posing! Animals are such characters!!

  9. Rashmi January 17, 2017 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Amazing pictures of Crater Lake, we loved your first and the cute squirrel pictures. And you are correct about the weather, you really need to check for a clear day if you want that perfect reflection, we missed one in Switzerland because of bad weather.

  10. Tina January 17, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Crater Lake looks absolutely stunning, I love this little treasures That the US has in the state parks, I have been to Mt. Rainier quite a few years ago, so can imagine how gorgeous your road trip must have been. Oregon and Washington are some of the lushest and prettiest state parks I have seen.

  11. Lydia January 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Only 7 trees – that’s very interesting! This looks like a beautiful region to visit and doesn’t look very crowded either. I love your picture of the squirrel striking a pose!

  12. jenn January 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    That is stunning! Crater Lake is one of the places I wish we would have made it to when we were in the Pacific Northwest, but it will have to wait until next time. We loved this area and are glad we have an excuse to return and explore a little more!

  13. Garth January 19, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Wow this place looks stunning, never heard of it before. There are so many national parks we want to visit, hoping to do a big US road trip soon. Oh and the squirrel shot is amazing!! Thanks for sharing, will pin this for future reference 🙂

  14. Barry January 20, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Always wanted to travel to Oregon. I’ve met a few people from the area and they have only good things to say about the place. I hear it’s really good for the outdoors and I can see by the pictures it’s my kind of place.

  15. Travel Lexx January 21, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Such a beautiful place! Gotta add it to my lost of places to visit next time I am in the States!

  16. Natasha January 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Some amazing photographs! I am in awe, definitely need to visit this place

  17. Midori January 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Absolutely amazing! so beautiful!

  18. Sliva January 30, 2017 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Wauu Crater Lake looks beautiful, you made some really amazing photos!

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