Crack In The Ground is a fissure that formed
between cooling lava flows about 1100 years ago.
The fissure is about 2 miles long and 70 feet
deep. The length of the fissure can be hiked, as
there is an established trail along the
fissure's bottom. Normally, fissures like this
one are filled in with soil and rock by the
processes of erosion and sedimentation, but
because Crack in the Ground is located in such
an arid region, barely any filling has occurred.
As a result, Crack in the Ground exists today
nearly as it did shortly after its formation.
When you get there it is easy to cool off, as
the bottom of the crack can be as much as twenty
degrees below the surface temperature.
CAREFUL When Visiting! Always let someone know where you are.
Other Recreational Activities:
Fort Rock State Natural Area - an isolated volcanic tuff ring with the southern rim broken by the ancient water waves of Fort Rock Lake. A one-mile trail circling the interior of the ring provides visitors an opportunity to view this feature up close. See our Fort Rock Page
Summer Lake - One of the best duck hunting spots in all of Lake County, while Winter Rim, just above Summer Lake, is great for big game hunting.
Sunstone Area - In 1972, the Bureau of Land Management's Lakeview District established a free-use collecting area for the general public. Four square miles are now closed to mining claims to allow public access for hobby collecting. Locally known as the "Plush Diamond," the sunstone was designated in 1989 as the Oregon State Gemstone because of its uncommon clarity and color range.
"Old Perpetual" is the name to Lakeview's famous Geyser, located at Hunter's Resort just North of Lakeview. This Geyser was created by the accidental drilling of a water well. The drilling tapped into the geothermal hot water table below the surface, and ever sense a Geyser of boiling water explodes nearly every minute. See Our Old Perpetual Page
Lake County Fair which is one of the oldest rodeo's in Oregon.