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 perhaps the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.
Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano
What's Open Today?
Some roads, trails, and facilities are currently closed due to snow. Find out what's open in the park today.
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.
When Will the Roads Reopen This Year?
Winter road closures are still in effect. Find out when the North Entrance and Rim Drive are likely to reopen.
Arriving in May or June?
Find out how lingering winter snow will affect your experience.
Plan Your Summer Visit
View the park's summer newspaper to learn about hiking trails, ranger programs, scenic drives, and more.
Ride the Rim
Enjoy a challenging hike or bike along vehicle-free sections of the Rim Drive on September 9 and 16, 2017.
Last updated: May 15, 2017