Weather & Forecast

Snowbank at Park Headquarters - March 2016
Snowbanks stand tall during winters at Crater Lake.

Daily weather patterns and long-term climate at Crater Lake are influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and location at the crest of the Cascade Mountains. These two characteristics make Crater Lake one of the snowiest places in North America, receiving an average snowfall of 512 inches (43 feet/13 meters) annually.

Day to day, visitors should be aware that weather conditions can change rapidly and during periods of rain and snow, the lake is often hidden by clouds. Crater Lake can be completely invisible about 50% of the time in winter!

To find out what conidtions are currently like, within the park, and if the lake is visible, take a look at one of our webcams, which update every 10-minutes.

Forecast for Crater Lake:

Forecast information, presented below, are provided by the National Weather Service (NWS), for the closest weather station, near Toketee Falls.

Specific forecast information for Crater Lake is available on the NWS website.

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Additional weather resources:

Crater Lake weather stations
Crater Lake maintains three weather stations (near park headquarters, on the rim, and on the lake), with data hosted by the University of Utah - updated hourly.

Annie Springs SNOTEL data
Weather data, including snow depth, collected by the United States Department of Agriculture - updated hourly.

Printable forecast for Crater Lake
NOAA's 7-day forecast for Crater Lake National Park in a printer friendly format.

Air quality for Crater Lake
Real-time monitoring of particulate matter (PM) in the air, including PM1.0, PM2.5, and PM10 - data hosted by the PurpleAir Monitoring Network

Last updated: August 22, 2019

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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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