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.
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!
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.
Plan Your Summer Visit
View the park's summer newspaper to learn about hiking trails, ranger programs, scenic drives, and more.
2017 Artist-in-Residence Program
Click here to download the 2017 Artist-in-Residence application!
Ride the Rim
Enjoy a challenging hike or bike along vehicle-free sections of the Rim Drive on September 9 and 16, 2017.