A magical place worth visiting by boat and by boot, Wizard Island is an ancient cinder cone volcano located on Crater Lake. The island was named by William Steel in the 1880s because its shape reminded him of a magician's hat. But name aside, it’s a charming place to visit.
Some call the island the most interesting feature on Crater Lake, and it offers visitors great hiking and some interesting history. The little cinder cone land feature was formed sometime after Mt. Mazama erupted, and it’s estimated to have emerged from the surface of the lake about 800 years ago. Today it’s inactive, and serves as a terrific hiking spot.
Tour boats in the summer drop off visitors on Wizard Island for short hikes. It’s about a 2.5 miles round trip, including a loop of the crater at the summit, with a gain of 757 all told. For a small island, it is home to many plant species – roughly 100 in total. Hemlock and Shasta red fir, whitebark pine and wildflowers cloak the slopes. And the view of the surrounding lake and mountains is well worth the quick amble to the top.
Volcano Boat Cruises offer tour tickets to Wizard Island for $57 per adult. The tour leaves Cleetwood Cove at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. Reservations are advised, and overnight camping on this island is not allowed.
Crater Lake Tours without a full tour of Wizard Island are $40 for adult tickets. Click the Book It! button to learn more.