Castle Crest, Crater Lake NP, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park is found in southern Oregon. It is only one in a long series of volcanoes found along the northwest coast of North America. About 6,500 of years ago, the volcano Mount Mazama collapsed on itself and created a large caldera. Over many years, the caldera filled with water and created Crater Lake. The lake is the deepest lake in the United States with a depth of 1,932 feet. The lake is known for its deep blue color that contrasts the surrounding evergreen forests of the Cascade peaks. Even after the largest eruption, the volcano was still active and Wizard Island is one of the remnants of that activity. Since Mount Mazama is long gone, Mount Scott is now the highest point in the park at 8,900 feet.

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