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Crater Lake

 

 

 To get to Crater lake you have to drive or fly into rogue valley international Medford airport. Rent a car and drive 2 hours to the lake. I decided to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Medford. If you drive to Crater Lake it will probably be a very long drive and unless you plan to camp out in a tent or something for a couple days that drive may not be worth it. I decided it definitely wasn't worth it and that we would fly into Medford and expedite things a bit. Also due to time constraints driving 17hr one way from where I live wasn't an option. It did cost a little bit of money to fly into Medford but that was to be expected I will be staying a very short time flying in landing about 2pm driving up to the lake than leaving 6:30pm the next day so we plan to wake up early and get up to the lake see it twice.

Crater Lake sits in the crater of the ancient volcano of Mount Mazama, which erupted 7,700 years ago. Today, the crater has filled with five trillion gallons of water, slowly filling up with rain and snow melt, allowing it to be clear and blue. The clarity of the lake is a world record 143 feet, the reason being that no streams empty into the lake, so sediment is minimal. Between 1888 and 1941, the lake was stocked with Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon, and fishing isn’t just allowed, it is encouraged. The only legal access to Crater Lake is from the Fleetwood Cove Trail, a steep mile long jaunt of switchbacks and impressive views. From Fleetwood Cove, boat tours are available on Crater Lake during the summer months, taking visitors to Wizard Island for an amazing hike and incredible views.

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Here is the drive up to the lake