Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano

Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and one of the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.

A ranger raises the US flag in a snowstorm.

What's Open Today?

Some roads, trails, and facilities are closed due to snow. Find out what's open in the park right now.

Winter Driving Safety

Winter Driving Safety

Park roads can be snow-packed and icy this time of year. Drive slowly, watch for plows, and carry chains or use traction tires.

Kids pose in front of Crater Lake on a ranger-guided snowshoe walk.

Explore the Park on Snowshoes!

Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are offered on weekends, holidays, and some weekdays from December 8 through April 28.

Two snowshoers gaze at the lake, filled with fog.

Plan Your Winter Visit

Visiting between November and April? View the park's winter newspaper to learn about ski trails, snowshoe walks, snow plowing, and more.

A Happy Couple Poses in Front of Crater Lake

Arriving in May or June?

Find out how lingering winter snow will affect your experience.

Clouds move across the lake.

Is the Lake Visible Right Now?

Crater Lake is often invisible due to clouds. Before visiting, check our webcam to see if there's a view.

A blue car travels along the East Rim Drive.

Plan Your Summer Visit

Visiting between July and October? View the park's summer newspaper to learn about hiking trails, ranger programs, scenic drives, and more.

Bicyclists on the East Rim Drive

Ride the Rim

Enjoy a challenging hike or bike along vehicle-free sections of the Rim Drive on September 14 and 21, 2019.

Last updated: March 14, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604

Phone:

(541) 594-3000

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