There is no evidence that native fish ever lived in Crater Lake. However, between 1888 and 1941 the lake was stocked with seven different species of fish, only two of those species thrive today. It is currently estimated that the lake supports approximately 60,000 kokanee salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka; landlocked sockeye salmon) and rainbow trout.
All streams in the park are open for fishing except Sun Creek and Lost Creek. These two creeks are closed because they are habitats for native bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus). The park is engaged in a long-term project to restore a sustainable population of bull trout, the only fish native to the streams within Crater Lake National Park. Bull trout are a threatened species and are protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Regulations for Crater Lake and Park Streams
Access to Crater Lake and Park Streams
Cleetwood Cove Trail is the only access to the lake. The trail is typically accessible from late June thru October as long as it is snow free and cleared of any potential hazards. Hiking to the lake from other locations within the caldera is illegal, not to mention extremely dangerous. The Cleetwood Cove Trail is 1.1 miles one direction with a 700 foot elevation change. The trail terminates at the lake where a 0.25 mile (0.4km) of rocky shoreline is available to anglers. Fishing is not allowed within 200 feet of the boat docks. and is not advised where people are swimming.
During the summer when public boat tours are operating, fishing is permitted around the lake shore and from the docks and shore of Wizard Island. Access to and from the island is via scheduled boat tours from Cleetwood Cove.
Fishing is prohibited in Sun Creek and Lost Creek within the boundaries of Crater Lake National Park.
Last updated: June 26, 2022