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Address: , Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Island in Crater Lake.

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Gilligan! It's a FIVE Hour Tour!

Crater lake is a unique experience, but the boat tour of the lake and 3 hour visit to Wizard Island is a unique experience within this unique experience! You need to make sure... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Crater lake is a unique experience, but the boat tour of the lake and 3 hour visit to Wizard Island is a unique experience within this unique experience! You need to make sure that you have plenty of time to get to the Cleetwood trailhead (90 minutes commute time recommended). For example, if you think of Crater Lake as a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

5+ hour boat tour with 3 hours on the island, with a ranger from the National Park Service on board offering cultural and natural history information. Tickets sell out and should be purchased way in advance. Even with a confirmed online reservation, passengers need to get actual tickets at the ticket booth located near the trailhead. Allow plenty of time... More 

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Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I can't say too much about this spot since I didn't take a boat to it. But, you can get great views of it from the overlooks along the rim drive. From one overlook in particular you can almost look directly down into it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Definitely worth the money for the visit to this most special place. Take a towel and swimsuit...although the clear blue water isn't what you would call warm (58f) on a warm Aug day it is just too picturesque not to jump in. You can also hike to the top of Wizard Island, with it's own caldera, and get at 360°... More 

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We spent 3 hours on the island. You can take a swim in Fumarole Bay or hike to the summit. We did the latter. You get amazing 360 degree views from atop the summit. There's a crater on the summit that you can descend into.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

There are only two trails and both feature sharp volcanic rock. The hike to the summit also offers pumice (sand) to slog through. If you come in your flip-flops, you are going to be miserable. My husband and son easily hiked to the summit and loved the views. I took my 5 year old to the bay. While it seems... More 

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wirral uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

must see place wonderful views colour of fresh water lake beautiful. there is a boat trip on lake around Wizard Island but a 1,000 climb down and back on a very hot day and a dodgy hip couldn't do it

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Ely, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Once paying a big price to get here, it was enjoyable to spend the day and explore the island. Very quiet and peaceful. It is magical being on this lake and island. Great stop.

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The best part of his island (really a cinder cone volcano within the caldera) is the summit! After the hike up we had lunch sitting on the edge looking into the crater. You can hike down into it but we didn't, it's not very deep and only rubble at the bottom. We took the tour that also included the lake... More 

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Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

So....... Wizard Island is a neat looking island from the rim drive, but since I didn't hike down to take a boat to it all I was able to do was look at it. Took pictures from every angle above, but again didn't get close enough to enjoy it.

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