Weather

Snowbank at Park Headquarters - March 2016
Snowbanks stand tall during winters at Crater Lake.

Weather Forecast

The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park.

Visibility

When it's raining or snowing, the lake is usually hidden by clouds. Crater Lake is completely invisible about 50% of the time in the winter! To find out if it's visible right now, view our webcam at Rim Village.

Weather Stations

The park maintains 4 weather stations. At the Park Headquarters weather station, rangers have been recording data since 1931. Observations are made each morning at 8 am and uploaded to the National Weather Service. To find out yesterday's high and low temperatures, rain and snow totals, and current snow depth, view the "daily almanac" for "Crater Lake NPS."

The park's other weather stations are automated (solar powered). They record data hourly, but sometimes go offline. One is at Rim Village, one is at Park Headquarters by the wastewater lagoon, and one floats on a buoy anchored above the deepest point in Crater Lake.

Climate Chart

Winters at Crater Lake are long and snowy. Storms from the Pacific Ocean dump an annual average of 42 feet (13 meters) of snow at Park Headquarters. The park's tremendous snowfall is a result of its position at the crest of the Cascade Mountains. Summers at Crater Lake are short but sunny. July, August, and September are your best bets for warm, dry weather. In May, June, and October, sunny days alternate with periods of rain and snow.

 
Climate Chart for Crater Lake
Data is from Park Headquarters, 1931-2019.

Last updated: November 16, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604

Phone:

(541) 594-3000

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