Backcountry Camping


Over 95% of the park is managed as wilderness. Although some trails and locations are closed to backcountry camping (for example, there is no camping in the summer with a view of the lake), exploring the park’s old-growth forests and volcanic landscapes can be a rewarding experience.

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Backcountry Camping Permits

A backcountry camping permit is required year-round for all overnight trips in the park. Permits are not required for day hiking; however, day hikers must observe all backcountry regulations.

Permits must be obtained in person, during business hours, from the Ranger Station at Park Headquarters. They are not available over the phone, or more than 1 day in advance. The Ranger Station is located 100 yards southwest of the Steel Visitor Center. Hours of operation:

June–September: Open daily, 8:00 am–4:30 pm
October–May: Open daily, 8:00 am–4:00 pm

Permits are issued free of charge. They are valid only for the dates, locations, and party size specified. You must have a valid park entrance pass for the entire length of your trip. For more information about backcountry camping permits, visit the permits section of the frequently asked questions page or contact the Backcountry Office by phone at 541-594-3060 or by email.

Last updated: May 28, 2021

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Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake, OR 97604


541 594-3000

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