There Are Literal Skeletons Haunting the Park's Past
UFO Sightings Are a Common Occurrence There
Mysterious "Burps" Plagued Crater Lake in 1945
Crater Lake formed from volcanic activity ages ago. While the volcano itself has long been silent, allowing the park to become a popular tourist destination, there are remnants of its former fiery self still bubbling below the surface.This became apparent in 1945 when the lake began "burping up" "bluish-gray clouds of smoke or gas that mushroomed over the lake several times from September to December," according to Kernan Turner from a 2009 public radio broadcast. Though these gas clouds were initially a mystery to spectators, in the 1980s scientists discovered hydrothermal vents at the bottom of Crater Lake. This discovery, combined with several earthquakes that rocked park residents in the 1990s, suggests that the Crater Lake volcano might not be totally dead.
The Klamath People's Version of the Devil Lives There
The Klamath people, indigenous to the area, hold Crater Lake sacred. They see it as the crossroads between the Spirit of Above, called Skell, and the Spirit of Below, called Llao, a fiery and dark figure - basically, the Devil.According to Andrea Lankford, author of Haunted Hikes: Spine-Tingling Tales and Trails from North America's National Parks, "... Llao and Skell fought gory battles here. Llao ripped Skell's heart from his chest, and Skell retaliated by dismembering Llao and throwing the body parts into the lake. Hideous monsters gobbled up everything but Llao's head, but the lake still holds Llao's spirit. When stirred, he may brew up storm clouds. When angered, he may appear in the form of a giant crayfish that climbs up out of the lake, snatches people off of the rim of the crater that surrounds the lake, and drags them down into the water."