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.

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What's Open Today?

Find out what's open in the park right now, and what there is to see and do. Some roads and trails are still closed due to snow.

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Arriving in May or June?

Learn how lingering winter snow might affect your experience.

Crater Lake sits on the edge of the caldera at Rim Village.

Lodging & Camping

Explore the options for accommodation in and around the park.

A snow squall moves across the surface of Crater Lake.


Check our webcams to view road and weather conditions, and to see if Crater Lake is visible. Sometimes the lake is hidden by clouds.

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Need Directions?

Find out how to get here, and what to enter into your GPS.

A boat departs for a narrated tour of Crater Lake.

Reservations & Permits

Reservations are not needed to enter the park. Advance reservations can be made for lodging, camping, boat tours, and trolley tours.

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Entrance Fees

Find out what it costs to enter the park, learn about special passes, and check the list of fee-free days for 2022.

Visitor with his dog at Rim Village

Enjoying the Park with Your Pet

Pets are welcome at Crater Lake, but only in certain areas. Find out which of the park's trails are pet-friendly.

A ranger demonstrates the "collapsing volcano" activity for kids.

Become a Junior Ranger!

Complete a Junior Ranger activity book, participate in a hands-on activity at Rim Village, or watch an online video designed for kids.

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Stamp Your Passport Book

Commemorate your park experience by adding a Crater Lake date stamp to your Passport To Your National Parks® book!

Bicyclists on the East Rim Drive

Vehicle-Free Days on the East Rim Drive

Enjoy a challenging bike ride or hike during the park's annual "Ride the Rim" events on September 10 and 17, 2022.

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Plan Your Visit with the Park Newspaper

Download a visitor guide to learn about hiking trails, the Rim Drive, and other park attractions.

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Get the NPS Mobile App

Explore Crater Lake and more than 400 other national parks with the NPS App. Download in advance to use offline during your visit.

Last updated: June 25, 2022

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Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


541 594-3000

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