Like many others, I keep hearing about the horrific mosquitos in July. We'll be driving essentially right by Crater Lake in mid-July, and it's a place we've always wanted to visit, but not if we can't even get out of the car because the mosquitos are so bad. I'm not wiling to slather my 4 and 6 year old in DEET, either. I'd be willing to stay somewhere a bit away and just make a day trip to Crater Lake, but it seems like everything else in the area is equally bad.
Is there any way to predict when mosquitos will be worst this year? Are they ALWAYS as bad as it sounds like they were in July 2011? Would you visit Crater Lake in July? Where would you stay?