View of Crater Lake, Oregon

Visit This National Park And Swim In The Deepest Lake In The U.S.

By Kristin Conard


Located about an hour from Klamath Falls, Oregon, Crater Lake is 1,943 feet deep, making it the deepest in the United States and the ninth deepest lake in the world.
There are no streams or rivers that feed into or out of Crater Lake, so all of its water comes from rainfall or snow. It was declared the sixth national park in the U.S. in 1902.
Following the famous Rim Drive is a must-do. The 33-mile road offers numerous breathtaking views of Crater Lake, like the dramatic Phantom Ship rock outcropping.
Crater Lake isn't open to recreational boating, but you can take a guided boat tour, swim, and fish. To reach the dock, you'll need to take the challenging Cleetwood Cove Trail.
Crater Lake is far away from light pollution, so you can see countless stars with the naked eye at night. Many travelers say it's worth staying overnight just to stargaze.
The Mazama Campground features large spots for car camping, complete with a picnic table and fire pit. There are also backcountry sites and cabins available.