Summer Safety

A view from the Wizard Island Summit Trail
A view from the Wizard Island Summit Trail



Stop by a visitor center to check current information about park conditions. Rangers are available to answer questions and provide information regarding all aspects of safely visiting Crater Lake National Park.


Safe Driving

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Maximum park speed limit is 45 mph.
  • Check road conditions before you leave on a trip.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Watch for animals on the road, especially in evening and morning.


Safe Biking

  • Wear a helmet at all times.
  • Ride bicycles only on paved roadways and on the unpaved Grayback Drive.
  • Bicycles are not allowed on park trails, with one exception:the Pinnacles Trail.
  • Ride on the right side of the road in single file.
  • Obey the rules of the road at all times.
  • Use hand signals to communicate with other drivers.

Lightning Safety

  • Afternoon storms are common in summer, get to a safe place before storms hit.
  • Avoid mountain tops, ridges, open areas, and lone trees;forested areas with trees of similar height are safer.
  • Do not stand on tree roots.
  • If swimming, get out of the lake.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides a variety of material and links through their website at: This site contains critical lightning safety and medical information.

Water Warning

  • Giardia, Camphylobacter, and other harmful bacteria may be transmitted through untreated water.
  • If you use water from lakes or streams, boil 3-5 minutes to kill microorganisms, use water treatment tablets or filter with an approved device.

Prevent Human-Caused Fires

  • Build campfires only in designated areas, monitor them, and make sure they are completely extinguished.
  • Grind out cigarettes, cigars, or pipe tobacco, then properly dispose of them.
  • Ashtrays should be used in vehicles and should never be emptied on the ground.
  • Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited at all times in the park.
  • Obey posted fire restrictions. Restricts are posted as Alerts at the top of this page and at all visitor centers.

Last updated: September 4, 2015

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Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


(541) 594-3000

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