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 perhaps 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?

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

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!

Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from late November through April. Call 541-594-3100 to sign up.

Two snowshoers gaze at the lake, filled with fog.

Plan Your Winter Visit

Visiting between November and April? View the park's winter newspaper to learn about ski trails, snowshoe walks, snow plowing, and more.

Winter Driving Safety

Winter Driving Safety

Park roads can be snow-packed and icy this time of year. Drive slowly, watch for plows, and carry chains or use traction tires.

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, ranger programs, scenic drives, and more.

Last updated: November 20, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604

Phone:

(541) 594-3000

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