Where is Crater Lake & Why Should I Go?

Where is Crater Lake anyway and why should I go?  If you are anything like me, who apparently slept through geography class, you may be asking yourself the same question.  After having been, I can assure you, you don’t want to miss out on this gem!

Crater Lake is located in southwest Oregon in the spectacular Crater Lake National Park View Map.  Besides its immense beauty and crystal clear water, here are some reasons why nearly half a million people flock to the lake each year:

  1. Easy access and open year round – You may get the most out of your visit if you go in the summer, however, in the winter you can snowshoe and cross country ski along the rim!
  1. Air is refreshing and clean at the high elevation.  It’s more exciting than it sounds!
  1. Considered the cleanest large body of water in the WORLD!
  1. At 1,943 feet deep Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States
  1. Jr. Ranger Program– Great for RoadSchooling!  Make sure to stop at the Steel Visitor Center to participate.
  1. Friendly rangers and staff– No, that is not a given!
  1. Nice gift shop with classy, quality merchandise.

Here are a few ways you can tailor your visit to Crater Lake to your liking:

  • Take a scenic drive around the lake
  • Hike the rocky peaks
  • Take a Boat Tour
  • Fish the two species that survive in the lake- Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon
  • Swim- The only legal place to swim is at the end of The Cleetwood Cove Trail
  • Watch a film at the Steel Visitors Center about the rich human history of the park
  • Visit the volcanic spires “Pinnacles” at the southeast corner of the lake.
  • Explore the history exhibits for a peak into an earlier era at the Great Hall of Crater Lake Lodge.

Crater Lake was our very first stop on our 4 month road trip.  We didn’t spend much time there but I’m happy we made space in our schedule to visit.  I hope this little post peeks your curiosity and if someone were to ask you now Where is Crater Lake? I hope your answer would be “on my travel bucket list!”

Emily Oak Home Sweet Road

About Emily Oak

I am a Mother, a Lover, a Traveler, Entrepreneur and Blogger. I crave adventure, appreciate good leather, find old weathered wood beautiful, prefer french pressed coffee, and feel alive running in the rain (albeit at a snails pace)! I believe in living passionately, loving extravagantly, taking risks, forgiving often, and living for the audience of One. I am an introvert but you wouldn’t know that if you met me. I LOVE people.

Comments

  1. anna Jobs says:

    Do you think that a family could do the lava beds and see crater lake all in one day? We live in central Oregon and wondered how many days we needed to set aside to experience both.

    • Hi Anna! I’m glad you are up for the adventure!

      It looks to me like Crater Lake is a couple of hours from Central Oregon. You could breeze through there but if you want to really enjoy the park you will want to give yourself several hours minimum. From Crater Lake to the Lava Beds it will take you 2 hours.

      From those calculations you will need at least 1 night. 2 if you want to spend considerable time at each one. I don’t know if you guys are campers but there are plenty of places to camp at both places. Hope that helps!

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