Crater Lake National Park

CRATER LAKE, OR – With a depth of 1,946 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, and the ninth deepest lake in the world. The crater is a maar crater, which is the same type of crater as the craters that I visited at the El Pinacate Biosphere in Mexico earlier this year, albeit quite a bit bigger. Because the lake is so deep, the lake water is a spectacular royal blue color, and the smoke from nearby wildfires that had settled in the area made for an almost eerie effect. And did I mention there was still snow on the ground in places in late August?