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.
Choose a hike through forests or meadow, one with lake views, high elevations, or wildflowers. There are long distance trails and easy ones.
Begin with science, add a little curiosity, consider history and discover art, that is the evolution of a ranger program!
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.
Prepare for a wilderness adventure that could include snow, a brilliant night sky, or the sound of animals. Get help with trip planning.
At Rim Village
Around the Lake
Last updated: September 6, 2022