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 one of the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.
Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano
What's Open Today?
Some roads, trails, and facilities are closed due to snow. Find out what's open in the park right now.
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.
Explore the Park on Snowshoes!
Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are offered on weekends, holidays, and some weekdays from December 8 through April 28.
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.
Arriving in May or June?
Find out how lingering winter snow will affect your experience.
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.
Last updated: March 14, 2019