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Despite Oregon's scenic beauty, Crater Lake is the state's only national park. This magnificent lake, the deepest in the USA, was created some 7700 years ago during a mighty volcanic explosion.

Rolling mountains, volcanic peaks and evergreen forests surround this enormous lake, a sacred place for the indigenous Klamath Native Americans for millennia.

Crater Lake In Oregon In summer the lake's intense blue colour and spectacular wildflower-strewn mountain scenery makes it a breathtaking place to visit. In the winter time, the park opens up like a winter wonderland.

From June until mid October visitors can drive along the awe-inspiring Rim Drive along the crater's edge, whilst boat cruises and scenic but quite strenuous hiking trails also beckon.

Look out for Wizard Island, the lake's largest, which is actually the tip of a still rising cinder cone.

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    Accommodation choices for Crater Lake National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Crater Lake National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Historic Crater Lake Lodge

      Crater Lake Lodge

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      Perched on the edge of the caldera (a cauldron-like volcanic feature), the hotel features 71 traditionally appointed guest rooms.

    • Lonesome Duck, Crater Lake National Park

      Lonesome Duck

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      Set half an hour south of Crater Lake National Park, the Lonesome Duck offers character accommodation set in 200 acres of private land. The property is situated in the shadow of Crater Lake and borders the Williamson River to the west and north, both of which offer a bounty of fish and the bird life that preys on them.