Most People Don’t Know The Creepy History Of Oregon’s Crater Lake

Crater Lake is one of Oregon’s crown jewels, and if you’ve ever seen it you’ll understand why. Located in a caldera at the summit of an ancient volcano, Crater Lake’s pure, intensely blue water is made up of thousands of years of rain. Not only is this natural wonder the deepest lake in the country—it’s absolutely breathtaking.

You may not be able to tell from its serene appearance, but this epic lake is home to a number of eery legends and unsolved mysteries.

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Long ago, the volcanic Mount Mazama was the tallest mountain in all of Oregon. The volcano’s final eruption was so violent it collapsed the summit of the immense mountain, forming the caldera that now holds Crater Lake.

To the Klamath Native Americans, Crater Lake is a sacred place. According to legend, Mount Mazama was destroyed during a battle between two great spirits; the spirit of above (Skell) and the spirit of below (Llao). After a long, violent battle, Llao was defeated and driven into the mountain. As a gesture of peace, Skell then poured pure, beautiful water into the crater of the mountain. It is said that part of Llao’s head can still be seen there, in the form of what is now called Wizard Island.

In more recent years, there have been many strange occurrences including a number of unexplained disappearances. Many of the visitors who disappeared were never found, and those who were sometimes appeared miles away from where they were expected to be. The strangest case was that of a photographer who disappeared during a storm in 1975. His skeleton was spotted a year later, more than 12 miles from where he’d been taking photos.

The reports seem to get weirder and weirder. One terrified family saw the enormous silhouette of a monster swim beneath their boat. Multiple people have allegedly seen Bigfoot near the lake, and two of the claims included accidentally killing the elusive creature.

UFOs have been spotted at Crater Lake as well. Strange lights have been seen in the sky, and one night in 1997 someone reported having seen a military aircraft chase a UFO through the sky. That same night, a loud, unidentified sound resonated throughout the area.

The invisible mysteries accumulate over the years like the rainwater that fills the lake’s deep blue basin….

What do you think? Have you had a creepy experience at Crater Lake? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below.