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Discovered in 1853 by a wandering prospector, this breathtaking blue lake is one of the deepest in the world. High atop Mount Mazama, Crater Lake makes a fascinating day trip from the SW corner of Oregon.

Crater Lake is the only national park in Oregon.

The eruption of Mount Mazama left a deep layer of ash that can be seen today in many places where it has been revealed by erosion. The eruption, about 7000 years ago, was many times more forceful than the eruption of Mount St Helens.

Wizard Island, a large cinder cone rising 760 feet above the lake, and The Phantom Ship, a smaller island, are the result of volcanic activity since the collapse of the caldera.

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Ranger-naturalist-led boat tours depart from Cleetwood Cover in the summer months for tours of Wizard Island and the incredible blue lake.

Location: PO Box 7, Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake Oregon 97604 Telephone 541-594-2211

(Crater Lake) Crater Lake National Park
(Glide) Glide Wildflower Show
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02/23 Coming to The Crater Lake area
Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival Ashland OR May18-19 The Spring Thaw is Oregon's largest mountain bike event.
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower and Music Festival Eugene OR May19 A day of wildflowers, music, food, crafts, and microscopes!
Rhododendron Days Florence OR May17-19 The annual celebration of the blooming of rhododendrons along the central Oregon Coast.
Bohemia Mining Days Cottage Grove OR July18-21 Prospectors' breakfast, miners' parade, food booths, gold panning, a pow wow, carnival, kiddie parade, street dance, and more.
The Oregon Jamboree Sweet Home OR August2-4 Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the the Oregon Jamboree has 2 stages, 22 shows, 1 sweet weekend.