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“A Trip Worth Taking!”
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Wizard Island
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Owner description: Island in Crater Lake.
Asheville, NC
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Trip Worth Taking!”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

We just returned from a trip to Oregon. Crater Lake National Park is truly an amazing place. The only natural phenomenon of it's kind in the world. Your visit is enhanced by staying at the historic lodge.

Visited September 2013
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Sonoma, California
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“One of Life's Wow experiences!”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

What a fantastic boat ride to this incredible island in Oregon's Crater Lake. I spent three hours exploring the Island with a friend after an inspiring hike down the Fleetwood Trail. The geology of this caldera with its stunning blue lake was an spiritual experience I will long remember. The deep blues of this almost 2,000 ft deep lake was beyond description. Highly recommended!!

Visited September 2013
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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“This is essentially a day trip, but worth it”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Plan a full day. Hike a mile down a trail descending about 750 feet. Then take a 45 minute boat tour to the Wizard Island. You will have 3 hours there to hike to the top, a 750 foot climb and back. Take water and good shoes. The trail can be rough. After the 3 hour pickup you will have more guided boat tour. It was a wonderful experience. Book the boat tour way ahead of travel as space is limited.

Visited August 2013
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Kansas
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63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“It's worth the hike up to the top of the caldera!”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

How many people can say they've been inside a caldera (Wizard Island) which is inside another caldera (Crater Lake)? We've come to the lake before but weren't able to score going to the island so this time we planned in advance to be able to get tickets. They limit how many people can go on the island each day so you have to have reservations. It was a bit unclear when the tickets went on sale (we got conflicting stories) so be sure to check by calling. The hike up is pretty strenuous, and you have to have good shoes. The shore by the dock where they let you off is all rock so sandals won't really cut it. We stopped and ate after we got off the boat and then headed up. Watch out for the ground squirrels if you are eating - they've obviously been fed a lot and are AGGRESSIVE little buggers! Going inside the caldera at the top of the island is a bit of a steep decline, but believe it or not the hike out is not that bad if you go up the far side (opposite of the way most people come down, where there's a trail). The views are incredible (of course) and it's really a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you're brave you can take a dip; the water was darn cold when we were there so only one person in our party did. It's not to be missed!

Visited August 2013
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Medford, Oregon
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“Breathtaking Perspective of Crater Lake”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

The Boat Tour is really amazing - where else can you be in a boat in a volcano! The tour guides are very informative and make the tour really interesting as well as scenic. Being close up to the Phantom ship was a real highlight and they even circled it twice. We did the Wizard Island Drop-off tour - 3 hours was not quite enough time to both hike to the top and visit the Bay - maybe if you rush it, but we enjoyed our lunch and the view at the top, so we'll have to visit the Bay another time. oh darn! It is definitely worth the hike!
About 75% of the tickets can be reserved ahead but they save the other 25% for purchase at the kiosks in the gift shops on the day before and day off the tours. So if you haven't reserved ahead, be sure and visit the kiosks first thing, as they do sell out quickly.
It is higher elevation, so prepare for cooler weather, especially at night if you're camping! but it can also be very warm so don't forget the sunscreen.
It is a National Park with wildlife that is protected, so dogs are not allowed on the trails. Not the best vacation to include your pets.

Visited August 2013
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