The park's North Entrance Road is closed for the winter. The 30-mile Rim Drive around the lake is also closed for the winter. Highway 62 is open year-round. You can enter the park through the West Entrance or the South Entrance on Highway 62.
Weather & Visibility
When skies are clear, excellent views of Crater Lake can be enjoyed at Rim Village. During storms, however, the lake is usually obscured by clouds. From late November through early March, the lake is typically visible only about 50% of the time. To find out if Crater Lake is visible right now, view our webcam at Rim Village.
The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for Park Headquarters and Rim Village. For current weather data, view our daily weather report [400 kb PDF], which shows the snow depth at Park Headquarters, yesterday's high and low temperatures,and graphs comparing current conditions to long-term averages.
The Visitor Center at Park Headquarters is open daily 9 am-5 pm.
There are no lodges, campgrounds, or gas stations open in the park this time of year. Visit our publications page for a list of accommodations outside the park. Camping in pullouts and parking lots is prohibited.
All hiking trails are buried under snow. Cross-country skis or snowshoes are recommended for exploring beyond Rim Village. The park has many miles of ski and snowshoe trails. Snowshoe rentals are available at the Rim Village Gift Shop (when the road to Rim Village is open).
Pets on leash are allowed on plowed roads and up to 50 feet away. Pets are also allowed on the Pacific Crest Ski Trail, but not on other trails, or off-trail.
Backcountry camping requires a permit. Permits are free, but must be obtained in person at Park Headquarters between 9 am and 5 pm. In order to camp, you must travel at least 1 mile from the nearest road that is open to cars.
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