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.

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

Hiking Trails

Choose a hike through forests or meadow, one with lake views, high elevations, or wildflowers. There are long distance trails and easy ones.

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!

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


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

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.

Bicyclists on the East Rim Drive

Vehicle-Free Days on the East Rim Drive

Enjoy a challenging bike ride or hike during the park's annual "Ride the Rim" events on September 10 and 17, 2022.

At Rim Village


Around the Lake

Last updated: September 6, 2022

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Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


541 594-3000

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