Crater Lake is one of Oregon's top herbal wonders—and also just three hrs north of Eugene - Springfield. Eexceptionally year it draws countless visitors to see its brilliant blue waters. It is the deepest lake in the U.S. and also likewise among the purest (Oakridge's Walexecute Lake is an additional exceptionally pure lake), with visibility to 400 feet (122 m).

All about the lake is hiking, cycling and also birding. A rigorous hike down to the water is rewarded via boat tours, swimming and also fishing — but the hike earlier up is hard — so be forewarned! In the winter there is snowshoeing.

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The historic Crater Lake Lodge was constructed in 1915. Open seasonally, the lodge also consists of a dining room giving 3 meals a day. The Lodge's Great Hall is an inviting area to relax and linger, or sit on the porch overlooking Crater Lake. Tright here is a gift shop onsite and campgrounds and cabins obtainable simply external the park in Mazama Village. (Call ahead to confirm the availcapacity of services as pandemic guidelines may limit choices.)


Prepare For Your Road Trip

You have the right to rent a car or an RV locally. Nearby Junction City and also Coburg have actually been RV community-hubs for years, so there are plenty of sources. There are plenty of hotels and RV campgrounds in cshed proximity to the Interstate 5 corridor, downtown Eugene, and the Eugene Airport. While here, stock up on groceries, camp gear and also maps. 


How to Get to Crater Lake

Embark on a scenic road trip to Crater Lake! Tright here are 2 ways to drive to Crater Lake from Eugene - Springarea, weather permitting, and given that both are spectacular, we'll leave the delightful decision as much as you.

The shortest course is along Highmeans 58 towards Oakridge. Jump ideal right into the Cascades on a journey of mountain roadways, waterdrops, woodsy hikes, warm springs and also breathtaking views. Or roll alengthy Interstate 5 towards Cottage Grove indulging in pastoral scenes, wine country and historic sites. At Roseburg, follow the Umpqua River right into the mountains.


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Entering the Park

There are no gas stations in Crater Lake National Park. The Mazama Camper Store in Mazama Village sells gasoline during the summer seachild yet we recommend you fuel up in the little communities of Prospect (on OR-62 from Roseburg) or Chemult (on Hwy 97 from Oakridge).

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From the North (summer)

I-5/Cottage Grove/Roseburg - Route 138 eastern to the park's north entrance

Hwy 58/Oakridge - Route 97 south to Route 138 west to the park's north entrance

From the North (winter)

I-5/Cottage Grove/Roseburg - Route 138 east to Route 230 southern to Route 62 east to the park's west entrance

Hwy 58/Oakridge - Route 97 south to Route 62 north and also west to the park's southern entrance

From the South (year-round)

Medford - Route 62 north and also eastern to the park's west entrance

Klamath Falls - Route 97 north to Route 62 north and also west to the park's southern entrance. View the Annie Springs Entrance webvideo camera.

Crater Lake National Park Map - a great PDF map of the park.


Crater Lake F.A.Q.

How much is Crater Lake from Eugene?

Crater Lake is 128 miles (206 km) from Eugene, along Hwy 58. This is an approximate 2 1/2 hour drive, however through so many scenic sights and also adventurous tasks alengthy the means, we recommfinish setting aside a complete day and/or an overnight in the Oakridge - Wesfir vicinity.

What is the ideal method to acquire to Crater Lake?

This depends on the seaboy, road problems, and what sights or activities you'd favor to watch or do on your road trip. Tright here are 2 routes from Eugene, Highmethod 58 and Interstate 5. We recommend consulting Trip Check, weather reports and other regional travel reports prior to departing.

What roads are open to Crater Lake?

Highway 62 and also Munson Valley Rd (to Rim Village) are kept year-round, incurring only brief weather-associated closures. The West Rim Dr and also the North Entrance Rd usually open up for the summer season in June. The East Rim Dr and also the Pinnacles Rd open by July. Road closures for winter season start in September. By mid-October all seasonal roadways are generally closed. Check the road status and select the best park entrance for current conditions.

Where are the closest gas stations?

There are no gas stations within Crater Lake National Park. Throughout the summer gas is offered at the Mazama Camper Store in Mazama Village. During the remainder of the year, the closest gas stations are in Possibility (on OR-62 from Roseburg) or Chemult (on Hwy 97 from Oakridge).

What permits or passes execute I need for Crater Lake National Park? What's the price of entrance?

A pass might be purchased at each park's entrance booth, the park visitor centers or virtual and are valid for seven days. Costs differ depending on seakid and also the vehicle's transferring capacity. Detailed prices are detailed on the Crater Lake website.

Special passes incorporate the Crater Lake Annual Pass, the Annual Interagency Pass, the Annual Military Pass, the Senior Annual Pass, the Senior Lifetime Pass and also the Access Intercompany Pass. Namong these passes are marketed at our Visitor Center in Eugene, yet they may be purchased at a lot of Forest Service workplaces, including the Middle Fork Ranger Station on Hwy 58 encourse to Crater Lake.

Wbelow are the Park's visitor centers?

Tbelow are 2 visitor centers. The Steel Visitor Center (541.594.3100) is situated at Park Headquarters on Rim Dr, 4 miles (6.44 km) north of the Annie Spring entrance. It includes a Crater Lake film shown eincredibly 30 minutes, park exhibits and also a post office. The center is open up everyday year-round, through shorter hours during the winter.

The Rim Visitor Center (541.594,3090) is in Rim Village on Crater Lake's southern side on Rim Dr, salso miles (11.27 km) north of the Annie Spring entrance. It provides geology exhibits at the Sinnott Memorial Overlook. Restrooms are surrounding. This facility is open everyday throughout the summer just, frequently closed from October to May.

Wright here have the right to I obtain the ideal see of Crater Lake?

The Sinnott Memorial Overlook is an conveniently accessible viewallude which showcases the volcano's craggy features well-known as The Watchman, Hillmale Peak, Devil's Backbone, Llao Rock, Palisades, Skell Head, Cloudcap, Sun Notch and Dutton Cliff. You have the right to likewise view Mt Thielsen, Mt Scott; and also Crater Lake's islands, Wizard Island and also Phantom Ship. Find the paved path causing the overlook behind the Rim Village Visitor Center.

Are tright here tours of Crater Lake?

Tright here are 2 methods to gain a guided tour of Crater Lake in the time of the summer seakid. The first is aboard among 3 historical, San Fransisco-style trolleys encircling the lake clockwise along Rim Dr. The two-hour Crater Lake Trolley tour provides large image windows, fairly comfortable seats, and also routine stops at points-of-interest for photo avenues. Conducted by a park ranger, these tours help reduce road traffic and also maximize visitors' ability to fully appreciate Crater Lake's distinctive beauty. Tickets are $25 per adult, $22 per senior and $15 per son between 5-13 years old.

The second option is a two-hour Volcano Boat Cruises roughly Crater Lake, some through a soptimal on Wizard Island. Morning Wizard Island passengers can disembark to check out, fish, or hike the Wizard Island Summit Trail (1.8 miles / 2.9 kilometres round trip) and catch the afternoon watercraft tour earlier to the cove. The boat tours are only accessible by hiking the one mile (1.7 km) Cleetwood Cove Trail on the north side of Crater Lake. This trail is complicated, descending (and also ascending on the return!) 700 ft (213.36 m). Tbelow is no water down at the cove, however there are composting toilets. Pack in added water, food, sundisplay screen, sunglasses, a hat and extra apparel layers as it may be considerably cooler near the lake surface on the boat. Boat tour tickets array from $35-45 per adult, $21-27 per kid over age 2.

Please note: Due to 2020 pandemic protocols, tours have been temporarily canceled or services modified. Call ahead to confirm availability. 

What is the ideal hiking trail?

The Mount Scott Trail is a favorite hike, climbing 2.5 miles(4.02 km) to the park's greatest allude. The reward is spectacular panoramic views.

Wright here deserve to we eat in the park?

The Rim Village Cafe and also Gifts serving soup, salads, sandwiches and snacks is open year-round with shorter hrs throughout the winter. It is closed Thanksoffering day and Christmas day. The Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room, a fabulous area to eat, is open daily mid-May to mid-October. It is closed all winter. Reservations are highly recommended.

At Mazama Village, simply external the park, there are two seasonal summer options: Annie Creek Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and also dinner; and also the Mazama Village Camper Store. Both are closed throughout the winter.

Please note: Due to 2020 pandemic protocols, dining services have actually been temporarily suspfinished or solutions modified. Call ahead to confirm availcapability. 

Wbelow deserve to we stay in the park? Can we camp?

The rustically regal Crater Lake Lodge uses 70 rooms overlooking the lake. With on-website dining, spacious lobby and pleasant porches, this is a delightful location to continue to be. Seven miles (11.27 km) from Rim Village at the base of the park is Mazama Village. Just off Highmethod 62 at the Annie Springs entrance, Mazama Village consists of 40 minimalistic cabins, about 200 campsites, RV parking through some RV hook-ups, and a camp keep. All accommodations are open up for the summer seakid just (typically May/June - September/October), and also breakthrough reservations are highly recommfinished. Tbelow are no campgrounds within Crater Lake National Park. Lost Creek Campground was closed because of budgain cuts. Overnight backpacking calls for a cost-free permit obtainable at the Park Headquarters.

Can I ride my bicycle in the park?

Yes, in truth, cycling at Crater Lake is spectacular. Rim Dr is the ideal cycling route via 33 scenic miles (53.11 km). The eight mile (12.87 km), unpaved Grayback Dr is ideal for mountain biking. Uphill climbs make cycling difficult and best for competent cyclists. Bicycles share the roads with web traffic, frequently on roads without shoulders. Bicycles are not allowed on any kind of park trails. Please be all set for high altitudes and also restricted accessibility to water. Tbelow is a $5 fee per bicycle to enter the park.

Are pets enabled in Crater Lake National Park?

Yes, pets are permitted in the park adherent to National Park pet guidelines. Please save pets on a 6 foot (1.83 m) leash or crated at all times. Pets are okay on roads, parking lots, campgrounds and designated picnic locations but are not permitted on park trails or in the back-nation. Please clean up after your pets.

What animals and birds are in the park?

This is a great location for birding or wildlife watching. However, please note that it is illegal and also harmful to feed or connect with any of the park's organic occupants. Look for Bald eagles, ravens, jays and chickadees. Animals you might view include bears, elk, mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, porcupines, marmots, hares, squirrels and also chipmunks.

Can we swim or fish at Crater Lake?

You have the right to swim alengthy the Cleetwood Cove coastline. Open throughout the summer seachild just, Cleetwood Cove is obtainable by a really steep and strenuous one mile (1.61 km) trail. The average surface water temperture warms up to 60 levels Fahrenheit (15.56 Celsius).

Fishing is likewise permitted at the cove and also on Wizard Island also as part of the boat tour. You do not require a license to fish here, and tright here is no limit on your capture considering that the both the Rainbow Trout and also Kokanee Salmon in the lake are not native. However, just fabricated bait may be offered to protect against presenting any additional international species right into the Crater Lake habitat.

How was Crater Lake formed? What is its water source?

Mt Mazama blew its peak 7,700 years back producing a caldera. With time it filled with water from rain and also snow. The lake is not fed by a spring or stream.

What is the elevation of Crater Lake?

The lake's surface elevation is 6,178 ft (1,883 m).

How deep and also wide is Crater Lake?

Crater Lake is 1, 943 ft (952 m) deep. It is the deepest lake in the United States and also taken into consideration the nine deepest in the civilization. It is around 5 by 6 miles (8 by 9.7 km) across.

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