• Wizard Island

    Crater Lake

    National Park Oregon

Plan Your Visit

View of Wizard Island from the porch of the Crater Lake Lodge

The view of Wizard Island from the porch of the Crater Lake Lodge

NPS employee

For a brief time each year, Crater Lake National Park emerges from winter hibernation to bask in summertime glory. During this brief summertime window, one magnificent day typically follows another. For visitors, these few months provide the best opportunity for a comfortable visit. Many interpretive programs are offered which encourage a deeper understanding of the lake and the park. Hiking and camping are popular activities. Fishing for trout and salmon in the lake is also a favorite pastime. Families find Crater Lake a wonderful cool place to reconnect with picnics and reunions. And for park staff, this short season provides the only access to numerous projects long buried under the snow.
This summer season is short (Crater Lake's first snowfall is often in September) so viewing a dormant volcano with a magnificent blue lake within its crater is an experience not to be missed.
Crater Lake from Cleetwood Trail
Looking south from Cleetwood Trail across Crater Lake to Kerr Notch and Sun Notch.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

At 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the ten deepest lakes in the world!