Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano

Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity—fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and one of the most pristine on Earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.

Female Ranger talks with a group of visitors outside with conifers and Crater Lake behind her.

Plan Your Visit

Trying to decide when to visit, how to get here, or what what to do when you arrive? Links that offer answers to these questions and more.

Hikers on a high elevation trail with sparce vegetation to Mount Scott Fire Lookout in the distance

Hiking Trails

Choose a forest hike, one with lake views, high elevation, wildflowers or a pumice meadow. There are long distance trails and easy ones.

A snow squall moves across the surface of Crater Lake.


Check our cams to view road and weather conditions, and to see if Crater Lake is visible. Sometimes the lake is hidden by clouds or smoke.

Crater Lake sits on the edge of the caldera at Rim Village.

Lodging & Camping

Explore the options for accommodation in and around the park.

A car drives along on the East Rim Drive, with Crater Lake in the background.

Need Directions?

Find out how to get here, and what to enter into your GPS.

Cars in line at the Annie Spring Entrance Station

Entrance Fees

Find out what it costs to enter the park, learn about special passes, and check the list of fee-free days for 2022.

Visitor with his dog at Rim Village

Enjoying the Park with Your Pet

Pets are welcome at Crater Lake, but only in certain areas. Find out which of the park's trails are pet-friendly.

At an overlook, visitors stand along a 2 foot native stone wall next to a trolley near trees

Trolley and Boat Tours

Choose a trolley or boat tour and enjoy the sights worry-free with an added bonus of a ranger's perspective.

The Crater Lake Caldera is filled with smoke obscuring Wizard Island.

Air Quality

In summer and fall air quality can be adversely affected by smoke from local wildfires. Check the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the park.

Image of the Crater Lake passport stamp.

Stamp Your Passport Book

Commemorate your park experience by adding a Crater Lake date stamp to your Passport To Your National Parks® book!

Bicyclists on the East Rim Drive

Vehicle-Free Days on the East Rim Drive

Enjoy a challenging bike ride or hike during the park's annual "Ride the Rim" events on September 10 and 17, 2022.

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Plan Your Visit with the Park Newspaper

Download a visitor guide to learn about hiking trails, the Rim Drive, and other park attractions.

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Get the NPS Mobile App

Explore Crater Lake and more than 400 other national parks with the NPS App. Download in advance to use offline during your visit.

Last updated: August 9, 2022

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Contact Info

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Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


541 594-3000

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