Park Number: 22/59
First Visited: May 18, 2011
I’m not much of a lake person—not much of a water person, for that matter—but this caldera has some incredible features: it’s the deepest lake in the country, the seventh deepest lake on the planet, and has the clearest water of all the world. That’s pretty damn cool.
There is a semi-strenuous trail on the north side of the rim that takes you down to the water. It’s worth dipping your feet in. And if you’re really ambitious you can take a boat out to the iconic Wizard Island.
Crater Lake was the fifth national park introduced into the system in 1902. It is the only national park in Oregon.