Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park

Oregon, United States

About


Designated as a National Park in 1902

Crater Lake lies in the caldera of an ancient volcano called Mount Mazama that collapsed 7,700 years ago. The lake is the deepest in the United States and is noted for its vivid blue color and water clarity. Wizard Island and the Phantom Ship are more recent volcanic formations within the caldera. As the lake has no inlets or outlets, the lake is replenished only by precipitation.

Activities


Weather


Today
7/12/2024
Clear
28°C
L: 27.8°C
H: 29.9°C
Clear sky
Feels like: 26°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 11%
Wind: 5 kph W
Tomorrow
7/13/2024
Clear
30°C
L: 29.8°C
H: 29.8°C
Clear sky
Feels like: 28°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 11%
Wind: 6 kph SW
Sunday
7/14/2024
Clouds
28°C
L: 27.6°C
H: 27.6°C
Scattered clouds
Feels like: 26°C
POP: 0%
Humidity: 14%
Wind: 6 kph W
Weather data from: OpenWeatherMap

Official park contact info


Phone: (541) 594-3000
Additional information: Crater Lake Visitor Center

Reviews

4.8

10,470 reviews found on the web

Helpful reviews:

Great park of America's deepest lake with hiking trails from rim village and nice views from Watchman Overlook. Also highly recommend Tokeete and Whitehorse Falls on the way up and Pinnacles Overlook on the way down.
Benjamin L.
Absolutely phenomenal place. Incredibly beautiful as to be expected by one of our National Parks. The Crater lake is incredibly blue and pictures do not do it justice. Highly recommend for anyone to go hiking there!
Liv V.
A majestic and breathtaking place to visit. A rare and worthy experience. The air is crisp. The view is unforgettable. No picture does it justice. Just stunning. It can be a bit chilly, even in the summer time. So bring a light jacket and bug spray. The hiking trails are awesome. The winter times will require chains sometimes and dress for cold. No matter when you go it is gorgeous. Even storms are amazing to watch from up there.
DeShawn E.
Benjamin L.
December 2020

Great park of America's deepest lake with hiking trails from rim village and nice views from Watchman Overlook. Also highly recommend Tokeete and Whitehorse Falls on the way up and Pinnacles Overlook on the way down.

Liv V.
November 2020

Absolutely phenomenal place. Incredibly beautiful as to be expected by one of our National Parks. The Crater lake is incredibly blue and pictures do not do it justice. Highly recommend for anyone to go hiking there!

DeShawn E.
August 2020

A majestic and breathtaking place to visit. A rare and worthy experience. The air is crisp. The view is unforgettable. No picture does it justice. Just stunning. It can be a bit chilly, even in the summer time. So bring a light jacket and bug spray. The hiking trails are awesome. The winter times will require chains sometimes and dress for cold. No matter when you go it is gorgeous. Even storms are amazing to watch from up there.

Sam R.
July 2020

A great breath taking experience to see the great outdoors. A reminder how beautiful nature is! The park service does their part to keep the park clean. Please respect this treasure of Oregon’s only National Park! Let’s keep our planet clean!

Liam R.
November 2020

Beautiful! A little disappointed the water tours were closed and you can't go in the lodge but the lake is breathtaking. On the bright side, everything being closed to the public makes it a pretty economical trip! Lots of trails to hike as well as some low impact, easy access areas. Highly recommend!!

Oliver P.
June 2020

The snow adds another dimension to a beautiful park.

William M.
November 2020

Worth a visit at least once in a lifetime. This is not as scenic as Yosemite, or Grand Canyon but has it's own set of beauty. The lake was created out of a celestial object hitting the earth and creating a crater in which water filled up. There ate no lakes or rivers that fill in this place.

Sofia J.
December 2020

Go during COVID19. There are far fewer people and chances are if you go on a weekday you’ll have the place to yourself. Even in summer there is still snow in places and the lake itself is breathtaking. Plenty of trash cans and public rest rooms but water refilling stations are few and far between. Plenty of parking.

Jay
July 2020

Beautiful Scenery, however, the roads in the park are NOT well maintained. Very dangerous driving conditions. Sadly, you can not get down to the waters edge. And sadly, all buildings in the park are closed due to Covid with the exception of the booth where you pay your entry fee if 10$.

Scarlett H.
November 2020

Protips: - Double check the website to see what parts of the park is still open. Crater Lake is definitely a place you should visit. However, double check the website to see what part of the lake park is open. I do know that during the winter months starting mid Oct, the park rangers close the only path down to the water line. Secondly, there is a 30 dollar one time entrance fee into the park.

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