Celebrating Summer at Crater Lake
From July through September, Crater Lake National Park becomes a unique landscape. The Rim Road allows visitors to access a volcanic landscape that was exposed by a cataclysmic eruption 7,700 years ago. Each viewpoint highlights the creative and destructive power of the earth, the serenity and beauty of the waters filling Crater Lake, and the interweaving web of life found throughout the old growth forest. The summer visitor has many opportunities to enjoy the activities available throughout the park; hiking, bicycling, boat and trolley tours, picnicking, camping and ranger programs available throughout the park.
All roads are open in the park. The North Entrance Road is open from Hwy 138, south to the Rim Road which encircles Crater Lake, and continues south from the Rim Village 7 miles down Munson Valley road to Hwy 62 which exits the park on the south and west sides of the park.
Did You Know?
The depth of Crater Lake was first measured in 1886 with a simple sounding machine that consisted of a crank and a spool of piano wire. Those first measurements showed the lake to be 1,996 feet deep - not far off from the depth of 1,943 feet that was measured with high tech equipment in 2000!