Our national parks are amazing and often the source of rumors however, one “rumor” circulating in photos across Pinterest are true and not only true but have a long history associated with it as well. Welcome to Crater Lake and the giant swirl with Island Trader Vacations.
Each year, millions of people from the U.S. and beyond head to our national parks, one of which is called Crater Lake National Park, a park located in the U.S. state of Oregon. Established in 1902, Crater Lake National Park is one of the oldest national parks in the U.S. and welcomes close to 500,000 visitors itself each year. While the park is quite large, some 180,000 acres, the star of this national park is the lake for which it is named, Crater Lake. An incredibly deep lake at 1943 feet deep, the lake is not only beautiful but the deepest lake in the U.S. and second deepest in North America.
Formed when an ancient volcano collapsed thousands of years ago, the lake is fed only by melt water and rain, no streams flow in or out of the lake at all. An incredibly clear blue lake, Crater Lake welcomes thousands of visitors each year who come to tour the lake. While only a very small area exists for those who want to take a dip, most quickly change their minds and the temperature of the lake on the surface rarely gets any warmer than 55 or 60 degrees and below 300 feet, the water hovers only in the 30s throughout the year.
The lake itself has been a source of legends and inspiration for stories throughout the years. From mysterious campfires which appear on Wizard Island to stories of massive creatures far beneath the surface, the stories further enhance the unique experience offered by this stunning lake which has was referred to by the ancient Klamath Indians as to beautiful to look at.
The Giant Swirl
While the beauty of the lake and the many unique and interesting year round features are fun to see and explore, most years, another unique and interesting phenomenon occurs. Referred to as the giant swirl, a massive yellow swirl appears on the lake where it stays for days or even longer. While it may appear to be some otherworldly phenomenon, this one is easily explained. Created by pollen which gets caught in surface currents on the lake’s surface, this pollen can usually be seen between June and July when the nearby pine forests begin pollenating.
Unique events which occur in areas around the world are what keeps travel interesting and new no matter how often you have been to an area. Embrace the changes that the seasons offer and travel throughout the year to enjoy all the special phenomenon and stories that make an area amazing.
Image Credit: Crater Lake National Park Facebook