What towns with lodging are near Crater Lake?
Because Crater Lake is in a very remote part of the state, there are few accommodations nearby. The closest actual town to Crater Lake is Prospect, which has a historical hotel (here’s a story about it from the Mail Tribune newspaper: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050817/BIZ/308179989&cid=sitesearch).
Another 20 miles south on Highway 62 is the town of Shady Cove, which has an Edgewater Inn. Medford, which has numerous accommodations is still another 20 miles down the road. All of those towns are on “Crater Lake Highway,” making them the most convenient.
Staying in Ashland would require you to drive on Interstate 5 about 15 miles from Medford. The drive between Ashland and the national park takes about two hours.
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Mike Smith says…
If you stay in Ashland, an alternate route to Crater Lake is Dead Indian Memorial Rd to Hwy 140 to Westside Road thru Fort Klamath for a southern approach. You can make a loop return on Hwy 62 thru Prospect and Medford.
La Pine Oregon, Best Western, one hour from Crater Lake.
Crater lake lodge. Beautiful!
VALMAI JONES says…
STAY AT DIAMOND LAKE RESORT A MERE 25 MINUTE DRIVE TO CRATER LAKE. A GREAT LOCATION TO VISIT WATERFALLS AND ENJOY A LAKESIDE RETREAT WITH CAFE AND RESTAURANT. OF COURSE THE ACTUAL CRATER LAKE LODGE IS THE BEST OF ALL. AVOID KLAMATH FALLS TACKY. THIS UK RESIDENT HAD A WONDERFUL TIME THERE.
David M.Cook says…
Klamath Falls is actually nearer to Crater Lake and has many great places to stay, several very nice places to eat and has none of the “Big City” congestion problems that plague Medford. Also, the drive from Klamath Falls to Crater Lake is much more scenic, easier and has more places to stop and view the terrain as you climb to the rim.
Vacation Planner with Bennington Properties says…
Only a 2.5 hour drive from Sunriver, driving south on Hwy 97.
Kim Swagert says…
Klamath Falls is about a 45 minute drive to Crater Lake – much quicker than Medford. There are several nice lodging options – Shilo Inn, Olympic Best Western, Microtel and even the Running Y Ranch Resort.
Teri Richardson says…
The small community of Chiloquin is the closest. For rentals, checkout the website http://www.VRBO.com. I recommend the property “A River Runs through It”.
Teri Richardson says…
p.s. the http://www.VRBO.com listing number for “A River Runs Through It” is 97501
Sarah also should have added that in addition to local towns in the immediate area that Crater Lake Lodge is situated right on the rim of the crater with incredible views. It is a historical landmark that was full restored in the early 1990’s. http://www.craterlakelodges.com/lodging/crater-lake-lodge/ In addition, Diamond Lake Resort is only 40 minutes away, has accommodations, and another gorgeous view. http://www.diamondlake.net/
There are three vacation rentals in Prospect! Check out http://www.VRBO.com/82682 and look at the Crater Lake area for Red Blanket Cabin and the Meadow House. In the Prospect area you will see a Log Cabin rental!
Hope this helps!
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Sarah Lemon is a writer and editor for the Mail Tribune newspaper in Medford, Ore. The Tribune's food editor, Sarah covers Southern Oregon's unique, up-and-coming food scene in the weekly section, A la Carte, and on her blog, The Whole Dish. She also produces stories on a wide variety of topics from the outdoors, health and fitness to entertainment, the home and gardening for the Tribune and associated publications.