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Crater Lake National Park

Crater LakeOregon 97604
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Crater Lake National Park in Oregon

Crater Lake National is one of the most captivating destinations in Oregon, inspiring with its dramatic beauty and violent volcanic past. Located in the Cascade Mountains, Crater Lake National Park is a breathtaking destination for outdoor adventure – from fishing, boating and hiking in the summer to x-country skiing in the winter. The deepest lake in the US, at over 1,900 feet, Crater Lake is a volcanic basin with a crystal blue color and two picturesque islands that are mesmerizing. Surrounding the azure lake are sheer cliffs, soaring 2,000 feet into to the sky, and 90 miles of scenic trails to explore. Crater Lake National Park also encompasses mountains and forest and two visitor centers. Seeing a dormant volcano with a magnificent blue lake within its crater is a jaw-dropping experience.

Details

Hours:

The park is always open, but some roads and facilities are closed during the winter.

Fees:

Cars - $10 (7 day pass); Motorcycles, bicycles & pedestrians - $5 per person (7 day pass)

Events:

  • Crater Lake Boat Tours
  • Trolley Tours
  • Discovering Crater Lake Talks
  • Guided Hikes
  • Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks

Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Boating & Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ranger Guided Programs
    & Talks

Things to Do at Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park is an amazing destination for outdoor adventure – from its deep blue lake and trails to the tall mountains and cliffs. In the summer, the park is a sanctuary for hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, camping, boat and trolley tours, and ranger-led hikes and programs. Crater Lake is a popular spot for salmon and trout fishing, and offers beautiful spots along the shore for picnics. Edging the lake, Rim Drive opens for cyclists, walkers and cars in the late spring.

Snow Season Activities

Located in the Cascade Mountains, Crater Lake National Park encompasses a beautiful terrain of mountains, forests and trails that get 533 inches (44 feet) of snow each year. One of the snowiest places in the western U.S., Crater Lake NP is a winter playground with miles of trails and open stretches for x-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling with stunning views of the lake and Klamath Basin. For snowmobilers, there’s a 10-mile route that takes you to an amazing lake overlook. You can join a free ranger-led snowshoe walk on weekends through the end of April, with free use of snowshoes.

FAQs

  • Where do I begin?


    Great starting points to explore Crater Lake National Park are the Steel Visitor Center and Rim Visitor Center where park rangers help you plan your trip and you can join ranger-led hikes and programs, boat and trolley tours, and snowshoe walks. Experience the Trolley Tour, a 2-hour adventure on a historic trolley that starts at Rim Village and rides 33 miles of the Rim Drive around Crater Lake with stops for photos.
  • Are there hiking trails?


    Crater Lake NP has 90 miles of scenic hiking and backpacking trails that edge the mesmerizing blue volcanic lake and wind through the backcountry and mountains. Hike down the Cleetwood Trail to the lake for a swim or boat tour, or explore old-growth forests and colorful wildflower meadows. Crater Lake National Park offers several short to long hikes, including Pinnacles Trail, Sun Notch Viewpoint, Castle Crest Wildflower Trail, Discovery Point and Annie Creek Canyon. For more challenging hikes, trek the Pacific Crest Trail, Garfield Peak and Crater Peak. Join one of the ranger-led guided hikes from July to September, and explore and learn about Crater Lake.

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