CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK
THE LAKE OF MYSTERY
RATER LAKE is the deepest and the bluest lake in the world. It measures two thousand feet of solid water, and the intensity of its color is unbelievable even while you look at it. Its cliffs from ski-line to surface are a thousand feet high. It has no inlet and no visible outlet, for it occupies the hole left when, in the dim ages before man, a volcano collapsed and disappeared within itself.
It is a gem of wonderful color in a setting of pearly lavas relieved by patches of pine green and snow whitea gem which changes hue with every atmospheric change and every shift of light.
There are crater lakes in other lands; in Italy, for instance, in Germany, India, and Hawaii. The one lake of its kind in the United States is by far the finest of its kind in the world. It is one of the most distinguished spots in a land notable for the nobility and distinction of its scenery.
Crater Lake lies in southern Oregon. The volcano whose site it has usurped was one of a "noble band of fire mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast." Because of its unique character and quite extraordinary beauty it was made a national park in 1902.
Last Updated: 30-Oct-2009