Crater Lake

From high atop the rim of Crater Lake, you can see what a wonder the world really is.

A hike down to the water reveals new wonders. The water is so blue, so deep, it’s no surprise it’s the deepest lake in America, and one of the deepest on earth. That’s why it’s one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.

Surrounded by cliffs almost 2,000 feet high and boasting a picturesque island a violent volcanic past, Crater Lake is also home to hikes in old-growth forest and cross-country ski trips in the winter months. Many of the roads and facilities close during the winter, but the park is open and accessible all year long.

Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon, which is also home to the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the stunning Rogue River, the Oregon Caves and vineyards, chocolatiers and cheesemakers galore. 

Current Conditions: Most of Rim Drive and North Entrance Road are Currently CLOSED Due to Snow. See what’s open in May and June.

Climate: Most visitors come to Crater Lake National Park during the months of July through mid-September, when the weather is generally mild with little precipitation. Due to the elevation of the park (6,500 ft. at Park Headquarters and 7,100 ft. at Rim Village), weather conditions may change quickly and a warm jacket and wool sweater are always recommended items to carry. During the winter months, from October through June, weather conditions make preparing for extreme winter conditions necessary. Blizzards, high winds, extreme cold and low visibility dominate the weather patterns. Visitors should come with cold weather gear.

Recreation: A good place to begin your visit to Crater Lake is at one of the two visitor centers. The Steel Information Center lies south of Rim Drive next to park headquarters and is open year-round. In the summer, the Rim Village Visitor Center is open along Rim Drive on the southern side of the caldera. After gathering information on the park and its facilities visitors can make educated decisions about what recreation opportunities to pursue. Hiking, backpacking, camping, picnicking and sight seeing are popular pursuits within the park. Boating and scenic driving around Rim Drive can be enjoyed by visitors during the summer months. In winter snowshoeing and cross-country skiing provide solitude and a little-known view of the park.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 5.0/5 TripAdvisor Traveler Rating based on 3159 reviews


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    May 26, 2024
    Scott F

    Most beautiful place on earth!

    An amazing place! Soooooo beautiful. Stayed at the Alpine Inn, highly recommend! Only 25 minutes from the lodge. Best sunrise and sunsets!

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    May 22, 2024
    Aakash G


    Stunning views and crystal-clear water! The Rim Drive is a must. Perfect for photography and hiking. Don't miss the boat tour!

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    May 9, 2024

    Far exceeded hopes and expectations.

    As disappointed as we were with Yosemite NP, Crater Lake far exceeded our expectations. We were here in early May, so some of the roads weren’t cleared yet, but the view was totally worth it.

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    April 30, 2024
    George B

    Crater Lake in late spring

    Incredible views on April 22nd. Clear skies, calm waters, great reflections, temp in the low 40s. A little difficult to climb the 10' snowbacks for viewing the lake, but well worth the effort. Park staff was helpful, courteous and friendly.

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    April 8, 2024

    Many virw points around the Crater and a lots of hikes to do

    This is one of the most spectacular NP of USA. A bit unknown and remote, but the experience is amazing. The view from the Crater is 360. I could experience a sunset and a moon rise in opposite directions. Totally like this National Park.

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