Photo: Little Crater Lake

Little Crater Lake

There's a short path leading from the parking area directly to this little gem of a lake. I'm not really sure why it's classified as a lake. It seems more like a pond to me. Is there some sort of official classification for bodies of water when naming them? Where is the defining line between a pond and and lake?

The "lake" is spring fed and this is believed to be the origin, not from volcanic processes as the name would suggest. That sounds like more misleading nomenclature to me. The lake is a LIE, I tell you. However, don't let that dissuade you from visiting if you are in the area. It's quite the package of pretty and easliy accessed for the less athletically inclined sightseers.