Crater Lake National Park is the perfect day trip to take from Bend. I had seen photos of this spectacular lake a few years ago and really wanted to include it in my road trip plans. Though it was chilly, I made it just in time before the winter season and all of the roads were still open.
The lake is 20.42 square miles, and it’s so clear that visibility is up to 144 feet. The reason for it’s clarity is the water source: Crater Lake is filled almost entirely by snowfall (this past winter it got 31 feet of snow). Unbeknownst to me before my visit, at 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the United States, and the seventh deepest in the world.
With very few tourists visiting in mid-October, I spent a serene and beautiful afternoon driving the rim. The moon was out for the entire day, and if you look closely, you can spot it in many of the photos. Enjoy the views.