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 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.

A ranger raises the US flag in a snowstorm.

What's Open Today?

Some roads, trails, and facilities are currently closed. 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.

Last updated: June 26, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604

Phone:

(541) 594-3000

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