Smoke at Crater Lake

Shows a split image of Crater Lake with and without smoky conditions.
Split frame images of the visibility of Crater Lake with and without smoky conditions.

NPS Staff

Occasionally, during the fire season (July, August, September) smoke may move over the park from fires hundreds of miles away in Oregon or California. The photograph above shows the impact smoke can have on the visibility of the lake.To view the current visibility of the lake visit the Lake Webcam.

Real time recordings of the AQI (air quality index) from the air quality sensors at Mazama Village (the campground area) and park headquarters are displayed on the air quality webpage. Information from the AQ sensor in Rim Village is found on an external site at AirNow.

There are many websites offering information about smoke across the region and nation. Start by visiting OregonSmoke or the National Oceanic and Astmospheric Administration's Fire and Smoke Mapping.

Return to the Wildland Fire page for links to current fire activity in the region and nationally.

Last updated: August 11, 2022

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