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