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
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.
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.
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.
Comment on Trail Management Planning
Join us for open houses on trail management planning -- Jan 31 (REI Medford), Feb 1 (The Ledge, Klamath Falls), and Feb 2 (REI Bend).
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.
Classroom at Crater Lake
Teachers click here! Spring 2017 field trip registration is now open!