Crater Lake National Park
By Daniel Beteta
History Of Crater Lake
Crater Lake has long attracted the wonder and admiration of people all over the world. It is the deepest lake in the United States, and the ninth deepest in the world. Its fresh water is some of the clearest found anywhere in the world. It is said that the lake resides in the crater of an inactive volcano.
Location and Weather
From October to June, Crater Lake National Park is a snow-covered wilderness. November through April is assuredly snowy with poor visibility and fair to poor driving conditions, but wonderful skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. With snowfall still lingering on the ground in early July, winter defines Crater Lake National Park more than any other season.
Camping Supplies (1 Person Camping Trip)
- Plane Ticket to Oregon: $477.00, 6h flight
- Small or Medium sized water container: $20.00
- Below 20 degrees Sleeping bag (Individual size): $50.00
- 4 days supply of food (small provisions) $10.00 - $15.00
- Small cooking pot: $45.00
- 2 or 3 mini propane tanks: $4.50 each
- Fire starters (magnesium rods or a lighter): $1.75 or $2.00
- Travel Efficient First Aid Kit: $10.00
- Flares and Handheld Flashlight: $8.00 total
- Survival Tools (Hunting Knife and Shovel): $55.00 total
- Camping Tent (2 People size): $35.00
Car Camping is prohibited during the winter
Day 1: Snowshoe Walk and Skiing
From 10:00a.m - 4:00p.m the snowshoe walk will begin. It's a 6 hour walk around the entire edge of Crater Lake with rest points along the way. Once the walk is over, you can return to your designated camp site and have lunch. From 5:30p.m - 7:30p.m you can start the skiing activity. Near the end of the day, you must be back at your camp site. (Snowshoe Walk is free of charge with equipment included and Skiing activity is $20.00 per person).
Day 2: Island Hike
At this time of year, the lake hasn't frozen over which mean you can pay for a boat ride to the center island where a small mountain is located. Feel free to hike the mountain trail if you wish, but it can get quite treacherous during the winter. So if your feeling adventurous then this is the activity for you! (Boat Fee is $20.00 per person.)
Day 3: Rest Day
Since the forecast at Crater Lake features frequent rain storms, it is advised to stay indoors or visit the Crater Lake Lodge located at the lake's edge where you can witness the scenery that Crater Lake has to offer.