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.

People hiking through the snow on a guided walk.

Explore the Park on Snowshoes!

Join a ranger for a guided hike. Snowshoes are provided. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays through April 30. 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 student slides down a snow slope while snowshoeing at Crater Lake.

Classroom at Crater Lake

Teachers click here! Spring 2017 field trip registration is now open!

Winter Driving Safety

Winter Driving Safety

Park roads are snow-packed and icy for much of October through April. Use traction tires or carry chains at all times.

A blue car travels along the East Rim Drive.

Plan Your Summer Visit

View the park's summer newspaper to learn about hiking trails, ranger programs, scenic drives, and more.

Wind creates ridges as it carves snow.

2017 Artist-in-Residence Program

Click here to download the 2017 Artist-in-Residence application!

Bicyclists on the East Rim Drive

Ride the Rim

Enjoy a challenging hike or bike along vehicle-free sections of the Rim Drive on September 9 and 16, 2017.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


(541) 594-3000

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