Snowbank at Park Headquarters - March 2016


The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park.

During periods of rain and snow, the lake is often hidden by clouds. Crater Lake is completely invisible about 50% of the time in the winter! To find out if the lake is visible right now, view our webcam at Rim Village.

For current weather observations (temperature, wind speed, and snow depth at Park Headquarters), visit the website that hosts our weather station data.



Winters at Crater Lake are long and snowy. Storms from the Pacific Ocean dump an average of 43 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 typically sunny. July, August, and September are your best bets for warm, dry weather. However, it can snow any day of the year.

In May, June, and October, sunny days alternate with periods of rain and snow.


Climate Chart

Data is from Park Headquarters, 1931-2017.

Climate Chart 1931-2017

Last updated: March 30, 2018

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Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake , OR 97604


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