United States Atlas > Travel Photos | Crater Lake
Crater Lake is a stunning national park located in Southern Oregon,
approximately 100 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Sheer cliffs,
nearly 2000 feet high, surround deep blue waters and two islands.
At 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the seventh deepest lake in the world;
a staggering 45 feet of winter snowfall falls in the region each year,
replenishing lake waters lost to evaporation and seepage. This
natural masterpiece is cupped in a caldera created by the collapse of
12,000-foot Mount Mazama following a massive volcanic eruption. The
lake's natural beauty has inspired artists such as photographer
Fred Kiser, hired by the Great Northern Railroad in the early 1900s to
promote American tourism. The beautiful scenery is complemented by
broad opportunities for scientific discovery. The Crater Lake
Science and Learning Center is designed to encourage exploration by
scientists, teachers, students, and artists alike.
Crater Lake, Oregon
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