Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano

Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed it form 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a towering volcano. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers stand in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting. Come visit, and be amazed!

Two people on snowshoes look toward Wizard Island, surrounded by fog.

Arriving this Week?

Winter snow lingers late in the mountains. Some roads, trails, and facilities are currently closed. Find out what's open today.

A blue car travels along the East Rim Drive.

Plan Your Summer Visit

View the park newspaper to learn about hiking trails, ranger programs, scenic drives, and more.

A plow clears snow from Rim Drive.

Spring Opening

Ever wonder why Rim Drive is closed in the winter? See what it takes to open the road in the spring.

Clouds move across the lake.

Can We See the Lake Today?

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

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 17 and 24, 2016.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


(541) 594-3000

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