Crater Lake National Park


Crater Lake is widely known for its intense blue color and spectacular views. Because Crater Lake is filled almost entirely by snowfall, it is one of the clearest lakes anywhere in the world. During summer, visitors may navigate the Rim Drive around the lake, enjoy boat tours on the lake surface, stay in the historic Crater Lake Lodge, camp at Mazama Village, or hike some of the park's various trails including Mt. Scott at 8,929 ft. Diverse interpretive programs enhance visitors' knowledge and appreciation of this national park, 90% of which is managed as wilderness. The winter brings some of the heaviest snowfall in the country, averaging 533 inches per year. Although park facilities mostly close for this snowy season, visitors may view the lake during fair weather, enjoy cross-country skiing, and participate in weekend snowshoe hikes.


Seasonality / Weather

Open All Year Open From November to April 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open From May to October 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Steel Visitor Center - Open early May through early November, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, daily. Winter hours are early November through late April, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, daily except December 25th. Inside the visitor center building, the US Post Office is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Rim Visitor Center - Open late May through late September, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, daily. Closed October to May.



From Roseburg - Route 138 east to the park's north entrance.
From Bend - Route 97 south to route 138 west to the park's north entrance.
From Medford - Route 62 north and east to the park's west entrance.
From Klamath Falls - Route 97 north to route 62 north and west to the park's south entrance.


The closest airports are located in Klamath Falls (60 miles from the park) and Medford (80 miles from the park).