Basic Information

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Crater Lake National Park is Open Year-round 

Reservations are not required to enter the park, however an entry fee or pass is necessary.

With an average snowfall of 41 ft (13.5 m) the park is covered by snow most of the year. Visit the Current Conditions page or call 541-594-3100 to find out what's open in the park today. See maps for park boundaries, entrance stations, Rim Village and other locations. 
 
 
The address below is for park headquarters. Sometimes GPS systems and digital map services do not recognize it. Try entering or selecting "Rim Village" as a town or waypoint, or entering the coordinates for park headquarters, which is 3 miles south of Rim Village:

42° 53' 48.91" North
122° 08' 03.08" West
Note that the park's North Entrance is closed November 1(or earlier, if there is significant snowfall) to late May (and sometimes into June). GPS and map services may direct visitors to the North Entrance Road when it is closed. Check current conditions for road closures. 

The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park. Historic high and low temperatures, rain and snow totals, and current snow depth, are recorded by park rangers and stored by the National Weather Service. View the "daily almanac" for the location "Crater Lake NPS" and select the date. 

When it's raining or snowing, the lake is usually hidden by clouds. Crater Lake is completely invisible about 50% of the time in the winter! To find out if it's visible right now, view lake webcam at Rim Village.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Passes:

 

Gasoline

(managed and maintained by the concessioner Crater Lake Hospitality)
When all the roads are open, it is possible to drive 100 miles within the park. Self-serve, unleaded gasoline is available in the park at the Mazama Village Store only during summer when the camper store is open. Anytime of the year, running out of gas results in frustration and is very expensive to rectify if a tow company has to deliver gas.

Fill you gas tank before reaching the park boundary.
  • The closest gas west of the park is at the Prospect Service Station on Hwy 62, 29 miles from the south fee booth.
  • The closest gas to the south is at the Crater Lake Junction Travel Center on Hwy 97, 30 miles from the park’s south fee booth.
  • From the north, the nearest gas station is at the Diamond Lake Resort Gas Station off Hwy 138.

EV Charging Station

(managed and maintained by the concessioner Crater Lake Hospitality)
A charging station for electric vehicles is located in front of the Annie Creek Gift Shop in Mazama Village. It has one standard connector and one Tesla connector. If there is a heavy snowfall, the EV station may be unavailable until it can be dug out.

Helpful Trip Planning Links

 
man and ranger behind a blue bicycle with a cart attached and a dog wearing goggles inside

Visiting the Park With Pets

Important information about visiting the park with your pet(s), ways to keep them safe, and where to take them.

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Download the NPS App

The NPS App offers tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide. Save Crater Lake for offline use during your in-park visit.

A side view of Crater Lake Lodge, forest, grassy meadow and Garfield Peak rising behind it.

Lodging and Camping

Review the list of lodging and camping options in the park and within 20 miles from the park boundaries.

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Unmanned Aircraft

Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft including drones on land or water within the park is prohibited.

The Crater Lake Caldera is filled with smoke obscuring Wizard Island.

Air Quality

In summer and fall air quality can be adversely affected by smoke from local wildfires. Check the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the park.

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Lost and Found

Lose or find a phone, wallet, glasses, gear, or something treasured, report it to a ranger, go to a visitor center or fill out this form.

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Things to Do

Whether day-tripping or spending a week, find a way to explore, discover, and retreat into the natural beauty and history of the park.

An exhibit set in a short stone wall at the end of a long sidewalk where people look at a blue lake.

Places to Go

Depending on the season in which you visit, you might go to 32 overlooks, two waterfalls, visitor centers and more.

Last updated: August 31, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604

Phone:

541 594-3000

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