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.

A ranger raises the US flag in a snowstorm.

What's Open Today?

Find out what's open in the park right now. Some things are closed due to COVID-19.

A blue car travels along the East Rim Drive.

Plan Your Summer Visit

Visiting between July and October? View the park's summer newspaper to learn about hiking trails, scenic drives, and more.

Clouds move across the surface of Crater Lake.

Is the Lake Visible Right Now?

Crater Lake is sometimes invisible due to clouds or smoke. Before visiting, check our webcam to see if there's a view.

Last updated: August 14, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604

Phone:

(541) 594-3000

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