Quick Facts:
Maximum lake depth: 1,958ft.
Maximum lake width: 6 miles
Park Size: 183,224 acres
Yearly Snowfall avg: 44ft.



When Mount Mazama erupted 7,700 years ago, it left behind what would become one of Oregon's most beautiful attractions, Crater Lake.
If you are looking for some of the most diverse land in Oregon, a trip to Crater Lake National Park will not disappoint. The park is located north east of Medford Oregon. You can reach Crater Lake by taking Highway 97 South to Highway 138 West. (click here for a map)

This park is a hiker's delight with trails ranging from The 0.3 miles Park Headquarters Historic Trail to The 2.5 mile Mt. Scott trail. There are over half a dozen trails in the National Park, and one is sure to offer you a breath taking view of Crater Lake.

Frequent Inquiries
How did Crater Lake get its name?
Crater Lake was named by James Sutton, editor of the Oregon Sentinel (Jacksonville) in 1869. He named it after the small crater at the top of Wizard Island, the cinder cone in the lake that rises 764 feet above the water.


What's the Islands name?
Wizard Island is the cinder cone that arose after the eruption.


When did Crater Lake become a National Park?
After 17 long years of lobbying by William Gladston Steel, Crater Lake was adopted as a National Park in 1902.


What are some of the mountains surrounding Crater Lake?
There are many mountains that can been seen around the lake, some of those include:
  • Mount Bailey
  • Mount Thielsen
  • Timber Crater
  • Red Cone
  • Bear Butte
  • Mount Scott
  • Scout Hill


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