Current Conditions

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Fall Conditions

  • Crater Lake and a cinder cone island in the caldera above are conifer limbs dusted with snow

    Visiting in Fall

    Planning a fall trip? Get an idea what to expect of the weather, closures, and things to do.

  • A snow squall moves across the surface of Crater Lake.

    Webcams

    Check the webcams to see if Crater Lake is visible, and view road and weather conditions.

  • Two snowshoers gaze at the lake, filled with fog.

    Plan Your Winter Visit

    Visiting between November and April? Download the park's winter newspaper to learn about lake viewing, snowshoeing, ski trails, and more.

 
 

Visitor Centers

Information and Location Current Status
Steel
Visitor Center
The park's primary visitor contact station at park headquarters and restrooms are closed through 2022 for a major structural renovation and upgrades to outdated utilities and communications. Access to Lady of the Woods Trail is to the left, past the construction fence and begins to the right of the Ranger Station. Read more about the current construction and the building's history. CLOSED
Rim
Visitor Center
Located at the historic Kiser Studio in Rim Village
CLOSED for 2022-2023 winter season. Reopens in June 2023.

CLOSED
Mazama Visitor Center It is a light colored structure on the north side of the Mazama Village parking lot
Open 9 am to 5 pm.
This is open as a temporary location through October of 2022 while Steel Visitor Center is under construction. When facing it, an accessible ramp is to the left. Two additional services include a US Post Office which is open 9 am to 3 pm (closed 12 to 1 pm) Mon to Sat, and separate women's, men's, and accessible restrooms.
OPEN

Crater Lake Natural History Association

The park stores inside the visitor centers are operated by Crater Lake Natural History Association, (NHA) an official non-profit partner of the National Park Service. NHA is dedicated to supporting Crater Lake National Park. A passport stamping station is available in each location, and after hour purchases may be made via the NHA website.
 

Status of Park Roads

Information and Conditions Current
Status
North Entrance Road South from OR Hwy 138 and west of OR Hwy 230
Nine miles (14.5 km) to North Junction; in preparation for winter it closes on November 1, or earlier if snowfall is significant. When sufficient snow is on the ground, it is groomed for snowmobiles from Hwy 138 to North Junction.
OPEN
West Rim Drive Between Rim Village and North Junction
In preparation for winter it closes on November 1, or earlier. In spring, as snow gradually melts plows will begin clearing and opening the road in segments with two-way traffic from Rim Village. Upon closure and no snow, the road is open to hikers, bicyclists, and pet walkers. Upon closure and significant snow, the road is a winter route for skiing and snowshoeing but no pets are allowed.
OPEN
East Rim Drive From North Entrance Road it is a left turn at North Junction. From the south it intersects with Munson Valley near Steel Visitor Center.
In preparation for winter it closes on November 1, or earlier. In spring, as snow gradually melts, plows will begin clearing and opening the road in segments with two-way traffic. Upon closure and no snow, the road is open to hikers, bicyclists, and pet walkers. Upon closure and significant snow, the road is a winter snow route for skiing and snowshoeing but no pets are allowed.
OPEN
Pinnacles Road Access is via East Rim Drive near Phantom Ship Overlook
Eight miles of heavy traffic along a narrow two-lane road without shoulders. It closes when East Rim Drive closes on November 1, or earlier.
OPEN
Munson Valley Road 7-miles of road from Hwy 62 and Annie Spring Entrance Station to Rim Village and Crater Lake
Open year-round. Sections or all of the road may close intermittently due to heavy snowfall, traffic accidents, or other unforeseen events. Snow chains or traction tires may be required under OR state laws.
OPEN
WINTER ONLY:
the last 3-miles of Munson Valley Road
Munson Valley Road from Steel Visitor Center/ Park Headquarters to Rim Village
These three miles (the last of the seven listed under Munson Valley Road) are on a steep grade with tight curves. During heavy snowfall and white-outs, or when this section is yet-to-be-plowed, a temporary closure that could last for days may be required.
OPEN
OR Hwy 62
west boundary
From Interstate 5 and Medford, Shady Cove, and Prospect to the west boundary
Open year round. Temporary closures may occur any time due to downed trees or traffic accidents. It is plowed daily during winter but often narrows with an excessive accumlation of snow. Snow chains or traction tires are required under OR state laws.
OPEN
OR Hwy 62
south boundary
From OR Hwy 97 at Chiloquin from Klamath Falls
Open year round. Temporary closures may occur any time due to downed trees or traffic accidents. It is plowed daily during winter but often narrows with an excessive accumlation of snow. Snow chains or traction tires are required under OR state laws.
OPEN
 
Recreation Map Showing Current Conditions
Map of Crater Lake National Park with all roads, entrances, and restrooms, and select features and trails. This map shows everything open. Use the road information in the table above and this map to determine what is open at the time of your visit.
 

Wildland Fire

There are no fires in the park and minimal to no daily impact from the Cedar Creek Fire near Oakridge on Hwy 58. If you are traveling from the north, please go Tripcheck.com for current travel restrictions outside the park. Check the lake webcam for visibility.

Hiking Trails and Overnight Backpacking

All hiking trails around the lake and throughout the park are currently open. They are described under Things to Do/Hiking Trails. Backpacking trip planning and permits are available at the Ranger Station, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm—hours change October through May, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. More information is available at backcountry camping.

Weather

  • weather forecast for the park.
  • Daily observations are uploaded to the National Weather Service. For rain and snow totals, and current snow depth, view the "daily almanac" for the location "Crater Lake NPS.".
  • A climate chart shows the monthly highs and lows.
  • See what's happening in the moment by viewing the webcams.

Gasoline

When all the roads are open, it is possible to drive 100 miles within the park. Running out of gas results in frustration and is very expensive to rectify if a tow company has to deliver it. Self-serve unleaded gas is available in Mazama Village, through October 9, 2022, credit card only.

Fill your gas tank before reaching the park boundary.
  • The closest gas west of the park is at the Prospect Service Station on Hwy 62, 29 miles from the south fee booth.
  • The closest gas to the south is at the Crater Lake Junction Travel Center on Hwy 97, 30 miles from the park’s south fee booth.
  • From the north, the nearest gas station is at the Diamond Lake Resort Gas Station off Hwy 138.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

(Managed and maintained all year by the concessioner. Contact Crater Lake Hospitality or 541-594-2255) A charging station for electric vehicles is located in front of the Annie Creek Gift Shop in Mazama Village. It has one standard connector and one Tesla connector. If there is a heavy snowfall, the EV station may be unavailable until it can be dug out. .

Restrooms

Restrooms at Rim Village are open 24 hours. Vault toilets (near most picnic areas) are open 24 hours at the locations shown on the map above. There is no restroom at park headquarters because Steel Visitor Center is closed.

Phone & Internet

Dial 911 to report any emergency, 24 hours a day. A 24-hour emergency landline is located outside the "snow-tunnel" entrance to the Administration Building in park headquarters, adjacent to Steel Visitor Center. There are no cell towers in the park. Cell service is random in areas around Rim Village and the overlooks along Rim Drive. Crater Lake Lodge offers wifi only for their guests. Wifi may be available to patrons of concession-run facilities in Rim Village (year-round) and Mazama Village (summer only).
 
Highway Map Showing Winter Road Closures
This map includes all roads leading to the park from all directions (map is north oriented). During winter and fire seasons see Tripcheck, Oregon Department of Transportation's website for closures outside the park.
 

Concessions Operations

  • Crater Lake Lodge sits between Crater Lake and a green meadow with trees.

    Crater Lake Lodge

    The lodge is typically open mid-May through early-October and is managed by Crater Lake Hospitality. Learn how to reserve a room.

  • At an overlook, visitors stand along a 2 foot native stone wall next to a trolley near trees

    Trolley and Boat Tours

    Choose a trolley or boat tour and enjoy the sights worry-free with an added bonus of a ranger's perspective.

  • two bicycles stand aside a yellow and white tent, a picnic table has food and other accouterments,

    Mazama Campground

    Mazama Campground is open during the summer and operated by Crater Lake Hospitality. Click for more details

 

Campground and Lodging

Mazama Campground, Mazama Cabins, Annie Creek Restaurant, and the Mazama Village Store are closed for the 2022 - 2023 winter. Go to Crater Lake Hospitality for information about future reservations and operations.

Trolley and Boat Tours

Contact Crater Lake Trolley for tour times, reservations, and ticket prices or call 541-882-1896. Final day 2022 trolley tours was Friday, September 30.

2022 boat tours ended on September 16. Contact Crater Lake Hospitality or call 866-292-6720 for information about tours in 2023.

 

Last updated: October 5, 2022

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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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