Crater Lake

WELCOME TO CRATER LAKE

Crater Lake challenges your very credulity as you come abruptly upon the rim of the ancient crater and gaze down two thousand feet upon the placid, deepest blue lake, the waters of which are broken only by the weird Wizard Island and the Phantom Ship sailing in a bit of fallen sky. Although Crater Lake has no visible outlet, its waters are eternally fresh, kept so perhaps by hidden underground exits. Almost overshadowed by the glory of the lake are the hundreds if miles of dense and fragrant hemlock, pine, and fir forests surrounding the crater on all slopes. (Adventuring through the National Parks of the West Brochure, California Standard Oil Company, 1935)

PARK FEATURES

Phantom ship island at Crake Lake National Park

PHANTOM SHIP

Rim drive at Crater Lake National Park

RIM DRIVE

Wizard Island at Crater Lake National Park

WIZARD ISLAND

HISTORIC PHOTOS

Vintage car driving by Crater Lake National Park black and white

Cauldron-like and circular, seven thousand feet high, Crater Lake is perched amid the peaks. Perpendicular side of slaggy lava rise over a thousand feet from waters of indigo blue, six miles across, and two thousand feet deep.

Crater lake historic black and white

Crater Lake is a body of water of extraordinary blue in the crater of an extinct volcano. It is approximately at the center of the park. It is in the very heart of the Cascade Range in southern Oregon, and has an area of 159,360 acres. (Crater Lake National Park Map and Brochure, Department of the Interior, 1921)

WHY WE LOVE THIS PARK

The deep blue hues of Crater Lake are striking and whimsical. It is a wonder that anything so pristinely blue could exist on earth. Fortunately, it does. And we can’t get enough of it.

SCENIC HWYS ILLUSTRATIONS

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK: RIM DRIVE

Park founder William G. Steel first suggested building a circuit around Crater Lake in 1907. Rim Road opened in 1919, but the earthen path failed to allow growth. A new highway was designed to be a “pilgrimage for the devotees of nature.” The boulevard, known today as Rim Drive, was created to supply visitors with excellent views and lend interpretive value to their comprehension of the lake and its history.

Posters are available with fade resistant, UV treated inks on stiff coated paper. They also include a matte UV finish that reduces glare. At 14″ x 22″ it is the perfect size for display.

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Mount Rainier rising over trees and water

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