Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed it form 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a towering volcano. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers stand in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting. Come visit, and be amazed!
Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano
Picture Yourself at Crater Lake
Celebrate the NPS Centennial with some of your best Crater Lake pics! Click here for the details and rules.
Can We See the Lake Today?
Crater Lake is often invisible due to clouds. Before visiting, check our webcam to see if there's a view.
Ride the Rim
Enjoy a challenging hike or bike along vehicle-free sections of the Rim Drive on September 17 and 24, 2016.