Travels with Jim & Geri

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US and the seventh deepest in the world. Fed only by snow and rainfall it is perhaps the clearest lake in the world.

We first visited Crater Lake in mid June 2002 when the rim road was still closed by snow. In August 2005 we were able to drive the entire 33 mile rim drive. The elevation of the drive varies from about 6,000 to 8,000 feet.

The lake was formed 7,700 years ago when Mount Mazama blew its top and ejected 150 times as much 'stuff' as Mount St. Helens did. The area was designated a national park on May 22, 1902.