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
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.
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!
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!
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.