Posted by: danielfee | July 13, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 07-13-2012

Wizard Island – Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake Lodge – Crater Lake NP, Oregon


When you arrive at Crater Lake National Park you drive through an unremarkable  mountain forest which makes you wonder why this place was ever designated as a national park. But once you arrive at the edge of the cliff and gaze down a 1,000 feet into a circular bowl of sapphire blue water you will say to yourself, oh that’s why! At 1,932 feet deep Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. It also has the clearest water and most beautiful blue color you will ever see. The crater is actually a caldera that was created by an explosive volcanic eruption 7,700 years ago and then filled with thousands of years of rain and snow melt. The Crater Lake Lodge is perched on the edge of the rim over looking Crater Lake and is one of the finest national park lodges. It is a great place to stay when visiting the park. From the lodge there are fantastic views of Wizard Island which is a classic volcanic cinder cone that was formed after the cataclysmic eruption by the buildup of hot cinders which were ejected from the floor of the caldera.  The oldest trees on the island are about 800 years old.



  1. This place looks so amazing. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Crater Lake is one of my favorite places. I grew up in Oregon, lived in Bend, and somehow only managed to go there once, but I’ve been dying to go back since.

    • We really liked Bend. We have been thinking about buying a house and spend time there after we retire. (That is still a few years away). There seems to be a lot to do in the area and the weather is better than the other side of the mountains.

      • There really is a lot to do there. The city is good about keeping events going, and they claim there are 300 days of sunshine – so it beats the other side of the mountain, hands down. Plus, it’s a great size, with everything you need and a beautiful view of the mountains from almost anywhere. It’s hard to beat. Good luck if you move!

  3. Reblogged this on Susan Dow Page.

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