Water Conservation

Crater Lake National Park’s water supply is currently under use restrictions (May 2022) due to issues with the well system.

Water in Crater Lake viewed from a boat.

Find out more about the 2022 water restrictions and shortage at frequently asked questions.

When you visit the park:

  • Fill up reusable water bottles before you arrive and bring sufficient water for everyone. This is smart not only due to the current restrictions but also for personal health and safety. There are no water resources around Rim Drive or at hiking trails. Reusable water bottles are available at the park store and concession gift shops.
  • Use a vault toilet. Vault toilets don't require water. They are located at the north, south and west boundaries of the park, at most picnic areas, and major trialheads.
  • Stop leaks. If you see a leaky faucet or water line in the park, please let park staff know.
  • Don’t flush trash. Every time a cigarette butt, facial tissue, or other trash gets flushed, water is wasted—between 1.5 gallons with a low-flow toilet to up to 7 gallons for older models.

Please help conserve water!

If you are staying overnight:

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. This alone saves three gallons of water per day.
  • Take shorter or fewer showers and avoid baths. Even a one- or two-minute reduction in showers can save up to 700 gallons of water per month. A full bath can use between 30 to 50 gallons.
  • Use dish washing water (remove food particles) or capture bathing water to douse campfires.

Be water wise at home, too!

  • Wash full loads of laundry. Most top-loading washing machines use 40 gallons of water per load. Energy efficient front-loading machines use just over 20 gallons of water per load. A full load of laundry means you are getting the most out of every drop of water.
  • Drive a dirty car. If you must wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles water.
  • Keep a bottle or pitcher of water in the refrigerator. Instead of running the tap to cool the water, keep a supply of cold water in the refrigerator. This can save 200–300 gallons a month.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. This can save 150 gallons or more each time.
More water conservation tips!

Last updated: May 29, 2022

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