Crater Lake National Park

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Crater Lake National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Crater Lake National Park
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Location Oregon, USA
Nearest city Medford, OR
Area[1] 183,224 acres (741.5 km²)
Established May 22, 1902
Visitors[2] 468,958 (in 2007)
Governing body U.S. National Park Service
Entrance fee $10/vehicle for 7 days
Website NPS - Crater Lake

Crater Lake reflections

Crater Lake National Park is located in Southern Oregon on the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, 100 miles (160 km) east of the Pacific Ocean. It lies inside a caldera, or volcanic basin, created when the 12,000 foot (3,660 meter) high Mount Mazama collapsed following a large eruption.

Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.


  1. NPS Listing of Acreage 9/30/2008
  2. NPS Reports -> Ranking Report -> 2007

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