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?

Find out what's open in the park right now. Some COVID-related closures and restrictions are still in effect.

A Plume of Smoke Rises from a Wildfire

Are Fires Affecting the Park?

It's fire season in the Pacific Northwest. Learn how smoke from nearby fires might impact your visit.

A blue car travels along the East Rim Drive.

Plan Your Summer Visit

Arriving between mid-June and late October? View the park's summer newspaper to learn about hiking trails, scenic drives, and more.

Top 10 Tips for Touring the Park

Top 10 Tips for Touring the Park

Advice from a park ranger on making the most of your summer visit.

Clouds move across the surface of Crater Lake.

Is the Lake Visible Right Now?

Crater Lake is sometimes hidden by clouds. Before visiting, check our webcam to see if there's a view.

Bicyclists on the East Rim Drive

Ride the Rim Event

The Ride the Rim event scheduled for September 11 and 18 has been postponed until 2022.

Last updated: September 2, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake, OR 97604


(541) 594-3000

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