Little Crater Day Use Site

Alert: This site is unreachable due to winter closure of Paulina Lake Road (Hw 21).

BOAT DOCK HAS BEEN REMOVED FOR THE SEASON.

Paulina Lake is located within the caldera of Newberry Volcano.  This collapsed crater or caldera is the result of more than 500,000 years of volcanic activity.  This lake relies on rain, snowmelt, and hot springs for water.

This boat ramp is on the southeast side of Paulina Lake and is adjacent to a campground and also offers picnicking opportunities, trailhead access to the Little Crater Trail and a shallow boat launch (no docks).

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a recreation pass May 1 – September 30. Passes are NOT available at this site, but can be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.

Acceptable passes include:

  • $5 Day Pass
  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Interagency Annual Pass
  • Interagency Senior Pass (America the Beautiful, Golden Age)
  • Interagency Access Pass
  • Interagency Military Pass
  • Every Kid in a Park Pass
  • Northwest Forest ePass