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Wallowa Lake State Park, South of Joseph  OREGON Lots to do: swimming, boating, fishing, and a gondola tramway (from $24) that runs to the top of 8,150-foot Mt. Howard. Insider tip: Visit the nearby town of Joseph, famous for its bronze castings.  Best for: First-timers; families 800-452-5687

Welcome to Wallowa Lake State Park. Nestled between the south end of a scenic glacial lake and the towering peaks of the Wallowa Mountains, Wallowa Lake State Park is ideally positioned as a base camp for both wilderness treks and water sports fun.

Crater Lake is a caldera lake in the western United States, located in south-central Oregon. It is the main feature of Crater Lake National Park and is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148-foot -deep caldera[1] that was formed around 7,700 years ago[2] by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such that the total amount…

Panoramic winter view of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, from Rim Village.

Crater Lake, Oregon | Photo by James Parsons of Extreme Oregon. http://www.extremeoregon.net

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Cottonwoods of Wallowa Lake....... Been here. Beautiful. Bucks in velvet were wandering through the park. You could walk right up to them.

Cottonwoods of Wallowa Lake Photo