Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano

Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity—fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and one of the most pristine on Earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.

Two snowshoers gaze at the lake, filled with fog.

Plan Your Winter Visit

Visiting between November and April? Winter sometimes begins in October and ends in July! Nevertheless here is what you need to know.

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What's Open Today?

Find out what's open in the park right now. Many roads, trails, and facilities are closed for the winter.

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Check the webcams to see if Crater Lake is visible, and view road and weather conditions.

A sub-alpine view of Crater Lake National Park from Mt Scott, from white bark pines to the caldera.

Basic Information

Find essential trip planning information about seasonal hours, entrance fees, and links to current conditions, weather, and more.

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Entrance Fees

Find out what it costs to enter the park, learn about special passes, and check the list of fee-free days for 2022.

Winter Driving Safety

Winter Driving Safety

Park roads can be snow-packed and icy this time of year. Before leaving home, read our tips for safe travel and watch a short safety video.

Snowshoers view the lake from behind a rope which indicates the rim edge

Winter Activities

You don't have to go very far to experience the beauty, silence and playfulness of winter. How will you explore this wonderland?

 a guard rail on the left curves with OR Hwy 62, on the right is a slow 25 mph sign

Directions and Transportation

Reach the park from the West, South or North (closed winter) Entrance. Cell reception is limited, get directions before hand.

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Stamp Your Passport Book

Commemorate your park experience by adding a Crater Lake date stamp to your Passport To Your National Parks® book!

Round wood logs painted dark brown support a brown wood sign stating the west entrance to the park

Lodging and Camping

Review the list of lodging and camping options within 20 miles outside the park boundaries, and distances to further-out communities.

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Plan Your Visit with the Park Newspaper

Download a visitor guide to learn about hiking trails, the Rim Drive, and other park attractions.

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Get the NPS Mobile App

Explore Crater Lake and more than 400 other national parks with the NPS App. Download in advance to use offline during your visit.

Last updated: October 31, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake, OR 97604


541 594-3000

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