Visitors travel from all over the country to see one of the most spectacular sights in Oregon: Crater Lake. This stunning body of water is situated in the caldera of the collapsed volcano Mount Mazama, and it’s the deepest lake in the country. The majestic, intensely blue water is incredibly beautiful, and it has also been a source of fascination for centuries. Here are eight interesting things you probably didn’t know about Crater Lake:
8. Not only is Crater Lake the deepest lake in the country, it's the third deepest in the world based on average depth.
The deepest point of the lake is almost 2,000 feet. That means it's literally deeper than the empire state building is tall.
7. The phenomenon of The Old Man Of The Lake
Crater Lake is home to a very strange natural phenomenon. The Old Man Of The Lake is a full-sized tree stump that floats vertically in the lake for a reason no one is quite sure of. Even more strange is that it's been floating there for more than 120 years.
6. If you're wondering why the water is so insanely blue, it's because it's extremely pure.
There are no streams or rivers sourcing this unique lake, so all of the water comes from rain and snowmelt.
... And yes, the water is actually that blue.
5. Unbeknownst to many, there are parts of the lake you can actually swim in. If you can handle the cold water, that is.
There's one place where it's safe (and legal) to swim at Crater Lake: if you follow the Cleetwood Cove Trail to the end, visitors are allowed to swim in the lake there.
4. The basin was formed in a dramatic volcanic explosion thousands of years ago.
The caldera that Crater Lake resides in was formed over 6,000 years ago when the enormous Mount Mazama violently erupted, changing the landscape dramatically.
3. Beneath the shimmering waters, there's a chance the volcano is still active.
Scientists have found hydrothermal activity at the bottom of the lake, which suggests that at some point there may be another eruption.
2. The lake has gone by many names.
In 1853, one explorer named it Deep Blue Lake. It went on to be called Blue Lake and Lake Majesty as well, before Crater Lake was finally decided on.
1. There are many amazing legends involving the lake.
Crater Lake is a sacred place in Klamath Native American folklore. In one legend, Crater Lake was said to have been created during a battle between the god of the underworld (Llao), and the god of the sky (Skell).
Crater Lake is a truly amazing place. Have you been there before?