Things To Do

Visitors arrive at the park with anticipation of seeing Crater Lake, one of the world’s deepest, clearest, and bluest lakes. Whether day-tripping or spending a week, there are many ways to explore the park and enjoy the lake.

Ninety miles of trails meander through diverse forests, and rise to peaks with views of the lake. The historic 33-mile Rim Drive circles Crater Lake with views from 30 overlooks. Opportunities to photograph landscapes, the lake, and wildflowers are countless. Stargazing, camping, and with some advance planning fishing are also options for things to do. Visit the pet webpage for safety tips and where to go with your pet.

 
Snowshoers view the lake from behind a rope which indicates the rim edge

Winter Activities

You don't have to go very far to experience the beauty, silence and playfulness of winter. How will you explore this wonderland?

Visitors listen as ranger points to the Crater Lake on the relief map

Ranger Programs

Begin with science, add a little curiosity, consider history and discover art, that is the evolution of a ranger program!

Hikers on a high elevation trail with sparce vegetation to Mount Scott Fire Lookout in the distance

Hiking Trails

Choose a forest hike, one with lake views, high elevation, wildflowers or a pumice meadow. There are long distance trails and easy ones.

Person on trail holds two stringers filled with fish caught in Crater Lake.

Catch of the Day

No fishing license is required within park boundaries, but here are important rules & regulations for fishing in the lake and park streams.

trail and campground directional sign

Backcountry Camping

Prepare for a wilderness adventure that could include snow, a brilliant night sky, or the sound of animals. Get help with trip planning.

A woman in a light blue jacket with binoculars around her neck peers across treetops from a vista.

Birding

The park's diverse habitats and elevations attract a variety of birds! The best place to listen for and observe them is...

At Rim Village

 

Around the Lake

Last updated: November 1, 2022

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Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604

Phone:

541 594-3000

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