Permits & Reservations

Boat Tour on Crater Lake
A ranger-guided boat tour leaves the dock for a two-hour tour around the lake.

Reservations

Reservations are not needed to enter the park. The park is open 24 hours a day.

Advance reservations can be made for lodging and camping in the park, as well as for boat tours on Crater Lake. These services are operated by a private company called Crater Lake Hospitality. You can make reservations online or by calling 866-292-6720.

Reservations can also be made for trolley tours around Crater Lake. These tours are operated by a company called Crater Lake Trolley. You can make reservations online or by calling 541-882-1896.

Note: Reservations for boat tours and trolley tours are not yet being taken for the 2022 season. Season dates, departure times, and ticket prices have not yet been decided.

 

Backcounty Permits

Permits are required for overnight backpacking in the park. They are available at the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters during business hours. Learn more about obtaining a backcountry permit.

 

Special Use Permits

Most special events and activities held in the park require a Special Use Permit. These permits are required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large, and for activities that require some degree of management by the National Park Service. The goal of the park in issuing a permit is to ensure that the permitted activity does not interfere with the enjoyment of the park by other visitors and that the natural and cultural resources of the park are protected. Activities and events that require Special Use Permits include (but are not limited to):

Filming/Photography (permit information, map, application for filming, application for photography)
Wedding Ceremonies (permit information, map, application)
Scattering of Ashes (permit information, map, application)
Other Special Events such as Rallies, Sporting Events, Large Backcountry Camping Groups, and Large Picnic Groups (application)

Special Use Permit applications and materials may be submitted to:

Crater Lake National Park
Attn: SUP Coordinator
PO Box 7
Crater Lake, OR 97604
541-594-3050 (fax)
email

 

Commercial Use Authorizations

Permits are required of all individuals, organizations, and businesses who lead commercial trips in the park or in other ways receive monetary gain or profit from commercial activities in the park. Visit our Commercial Use Authorizations page to learn more.

Last updated: May 15, 2022

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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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