Crater Lake National Park, OR is one of our country’s most beautiful landscapes. The high-alpine lake of crystal-clear water surrounded by high crater walls is truly something to behold.
But did you know that one of the main attractions at Crater Lake National Park is a 100+ year old 40′ tree stump that floats upright? Bizzare right?
Check out this video of a tour group getting a glimpse of the ‘Old Man of the Lake’.
The stump was first reported to have been seen by Joseph S. Diller in 1896, six years before the lake became a National Park.
The Old Man sticks about 4′ above the surface of the lake, and is known to travel around with the wind and wakes of the lake. In one full year of observation back in 1938, the Old Man traveled at least 62 miles!
A lot of mystery surrounds the legend of The Old Man of The Lake. Nobody is really sure how or when the stump began to float on the lake, and how it continues to float upright.
I don’t really believe in ghosts or anything of that nature, but seeing pictures and videos of this upright floating tree is just downright eerie…