This had to be the best overall day of my two week trip. I have never seen such a gorgeous setting and any water anywhere the color of this blue lake. It was just magical and it just drew you in completely. Crater Lake inspires awe. As you walked around the lake every 50 feet the view would change and you stopped and were just mesmerized.
I spent the night at The Mazama Crater Lake Campground and it was wonderful. It is 3 minutes from the lake and a very quiet campground even though it was pretty full. My camp spot was surrounded by the biggest blackberries I have ever seen. The bottoms of the bushes were empty because of so many deer feeding on them in the campground. They are unable to reach the higher ones. I actually spent about half an hour picking the higher ones and then laying them on the ground for the deer. My spot included a bear box you keep your food in to keep the bears away.
Native Americans witnessed Crater Lake's formation 7,700 years ago when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity—fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and one of the most pristine on Earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.
Crater Lake is a volcanic crater lake in south-central Oregon. It is the main feature of Crater Lake National Park and is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. The lake was formed around 7,700 by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. No rivers flow into or out of the lake. With a depth of 1,949 feet the lake is the deepest in the United States. In the world, it ranks ninth for maximum depth.
Pictured is Wizard Island, located near the western shore of the lake, is a cinder cone about 316 acres in size. Not pictured is Phantom Ship, a natural rock pillar, located near the southern shore.
The lake and surrounding park areas offer many recreational activities, including hiking, biking, snowshoeing, fishing, and cross-country skiing, and during the summer, campgrounds and lodges at Crater Lake are open to visitors.
I really enjoyed my Rice-A-Roni dinner!! I rate this campground a 10!