Discover Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park is like no other place on earth and has been inspiring visitors with its sheer natural beauty for years.

The park is characterized by its deep, pure blue lake and the sheer, high-reaching cliffs that surround it. The park is also home to two picturesque islands and a violent volcanic past.

Crater Lake National Park is situated in Southern Oregon and was established in 1902, making it the sixth oldest National Park in the United States.

The Lake itself is one of the deepest in the world, and the second deepest in North America. It is undoubtedly the highlight of the park and its sheer beauty simply cannot be missed.

Other highlights of the park include the Pumice Desert and the Pinnacles,

Climate

Winter

The climate in winter is dramatic and this is equally matched by the awe-inspiring landscape. From October to June, the National Park is a snow-covered wilderness, making it the perfect destination for skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.

Everything is blanketed with snow, which makes access to the park difficult (particularly in an RV). Make sure you check ahead for snow fall to avoid disappointment on arrival.

Summer

The weather in May and June can vary from warm and sunny to snowy and foggy, with temperatures ranging from below freezing to 65 degree Fahrenheit.

If you wish to travel in the park during warm and dry weather, the best time to head of is in July, August or September. However keep in mind that temperatures are still low during the night, so be sure to pack for varying temperatures.

Hiking

Hiking is a fantastic way to see the wonder and beauty of Crater Lake National Park. The park offers more than 90 miles of hiking trails that range in both length and difficulty.

Many of the trails offer unsurpassed views of the lake so be sure to take the camera along!

Things to Do

Volcano Boat Cruises

The Volcano Boat Cruises offer a fantastic perspective of the lake as they take you around the perimeter of the lake. Discover the history and cultural significance of the lake on this 1 hour and 45 minute tour.

Stops on the tour include Wizard Island and Phantom Ship, which are both equally fascinating.

Fishing

Keen fishing enthusiasts come to Crater Lake for the Kokanee Salmon and Rainbow Trout that frequent its waters. The best place for fishing on the lake is off Cleetwood Coven which provides about a quarter mile of rocky shoreline for angling.

A fishing license is not required, which means beginners are welcome to cast a line and try their luck.

Snow Activities

During the winter season, the park comes alive with visitors seeking the ultimate in skiing and snowshoeing. There are 9 different ski trails on offer that each range in length and difficulty.

The weather and dramatic snowfall in this park makes it the perfect location for avid skiers.

RV Camping

Mazama Village Campground is the only place within the park to camp with an RV. Mazama Village is located 7 miles from the rim of Crater Lake, just inside the south entrance gate to the park.

The park accommodates RVs up to 50 feet in length and is open from mid-June to late September/early October.