Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano

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!

A park ranger raises the US flag in a snowstorm.

What's Open Today?

Winter has arrived! Some roads, trails, and facilities are closed due to snow. Find out what's open in the park today.

Clouds move across the lake.

Is the Lake Visible Right Now?

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

Ranger leads visitors on a snowshoe walk.

Explore the Park on Snowshoes!

Park rangers lead tours every Saturday & Sunday (and on weekdays in late December). Snowshoes are provided. Call 541-594-3100 to sign up.

Two snowshoers gaze at the lake, filled with fog.

Plan Your Winter Visit

Download the winter/spring newspaper to learn about ski trails, snowshoe walks, and what it takes to keep the park open year-round.

A car travels on the East Rim Drive.

Plan Your Summer Visit

Download the summer/fall newspaper to learn about hiking trails, scenic drives, boat tours, and more.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


(541) 594-3000

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