The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park.
When it's raining or snowing, the lake is usually hidden by clouds. Crater Lake is completely invisible about 50% of the time in the winter! To find out if it's visible right now, view our webcam at Rim Village.
The park maintains 4 weather stations. At the Park Headquarters weather station, rangers have been recording data since 1931. Observations are made each morning at 8 am and uploaded to the National Weather Service. To find out yesterday's high and low temperatures, rain and snow totals, and current snow depth, view the "daily almanac" for "Crater Lake NPS."
Winters at Crater Lake are long and snowy. Storms from the Pacific Ocean dump an annual average of 42 feet (13 meters) of snow at Park Headquarters. The park's tremendous snowfall is a result of its position at the crest of the Cascade Mountains. Summers at Crater Lake are short but sunny. July, August, and September are your best bets for warm, dry weather. In May, June, and October, sunny days alternate with periods of rain and snow.
Last updated: January 18, 2021