Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Planning Your Visit

Directions

Getting to the Park

Plane
The closest airports are located in Klamath Falls (60 miles from the park) and Medford (80 miles from the park).

Car
From the North (Summer):

From Roseburg - Route 138 east to the park's north entrance.

From Bend - Route 97 south to Route 138 west to the park's north entrance.

From the North (Winter):

The park's north entrance is closed in the winter and spring. Dates can vary, but typically the north entrance is closed from early November to mid-June. Please call park dispatch for the latest road status (541)594-3000.

From Roseburg - Route 138 east to Route 230 south to Route 62 east to the park's west entrance.

From Bend - Route 97 south to Route 62 north and west to the park's south entrance.

From the South (Year Round):

From Medford - Route 62 north and east to the park's west entrance.

From Klamath Falls - Route 97 north to Route 62 north and west to the park's south entrance.

Operating Hours & Seasons

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

Visitor Centers - Food - Lodging - Camping - Books and Gifts

Visitor Centers

Steel Visitor Center - Open early April through early November, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, daily. Winter hours are early November through early April, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, daily except December 25th.

Rim Visitor Center - Open early June through late September, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, daily. Closed October through May.

Food

Annie Creek Restaurant (at Mazama Village) - Closed for the season.

Mazama Village Camper Store - Closed for the season.

Rim Village Cafe and Gifts - Open daily, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, unless the road to Rim Village is closed due to heavy snowfall.

Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room - Closed for the season.

Lodging

Crater Lake Lodge has 71 rooms and is normally open mid-May through mid-October. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. (541)830-8700

Closed for the season.

Mazama Village Motor Inn has 40 units and is located in the Mazama Village complex. It is open June through early October, and reservations are recommended. (541)830-8700

Closed for the season.

Camping

Mazama Campground has 200 sites and is open mid-June through early October. Running water, flush toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings are provided. Reservations can be made calling 1-888-774-2728. Please Note: Weather can impact the opening and closing dates of the campground.

Closed for the seaon.

Lost Creek Campground has 16 tent sites and is open from mid-July to early October. This campground is first come, first serve only. Please Note: Weather can impact the opening and closing dates of the campground.

Closed for the season.

Books and Gifts

Steel Information Center - Open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily, except December 25th.

Rim Village Visitor Center - Open 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM June 1 through September 30.

Annie Creek Gift Shop (at Mazama Village) - Closed for the season.

Mazama Village Camper Store - Closed for the season.

Rim Village Cafe and Gifts - Open daily, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, unless the road to Rim Village is closed due to heavy snow.

For a brief time each year, Crater Lake National Park emerges from winter hibernation to bask in summertime glory. Early season visitors are often surprised by the amount of snow which remains long into months which are considered mid-summer in most parts of the country. Even most park roads are closed into the late spring which gives a picture of the far more dominant winter scene sensed even in June and early July.

During this brief summertime window, one maginficent day typically follows another. For visitors, these few months provide the best opportunity for a comfortable visit. Many interpretive programs are offered which encourage a deeper understanding of the lake and the park. Hiking and camping are popular activities. Fishing for trout and salmon in the lake is also a favorite pastime. And for park staff, this short season provides the only access to numerous projects long buried under the snow.

However, from October to June, the park turns into a snow covered wilderness, receiving an average of 533 inches of snow annually. A wide variety of trails and unplowed roads provide winter enthusiasts with access to breaththaking views, open slopes, and dense forests, making Crater Lake ideal for both daytrippers and backcountry campers who are prepared to face the challenges of winter. By early spring it is typical to have 10 to 15 feet of snow on the ground. While snowfall is common in the Cascade Mountains, Crater Lake is one of the snowiest areas in the entire Northwest. Even in the long, harsh winter months, Crater Lake National Park can still provide the hearty visitor with a phenomenal outdoor experience.

Fees & Reservations

Fees

Car - $10.00 (7 day pass)

Commercial Vehicles:

  • Capacity of 1 to 6 individuals - $25.00 + passenger fee ($5.00)
  • Capacity of 7 to 15 individuals - $75.00
  • Capacity of 16 to 25 individuals - $100.00
  • Capacity of 26 or more individual - $200.00

Reservations

Reservations are strongly recommended for Crater Lake Lodge and Mazama Village Motor Inn. Please call Xanterra Parks and Resorts at (541)830-8700.

Half of the campsites at Mazama Campground are now on a reservation system. Please call 1-888-774-2728.

Weather

Weather plays a dramatic role at Crater Lake National Park. Winter, especially, shapes the landscape; snow generally begins to accumulate each year in October and doesn't melt in most places until the following June. Summer weather is more predictable, with warm, dry days, blue skies, and cool nights. Nevertheless, there may be days even in August when the lake is completely obscured by clouds and fog. Visitors to Crater Lake National Park should be prepared for any kind of weather, any time of the year.

For current road and weather conditions updated at 8:00 AM daily, call (541) 594-3000.

Winter Conditions

From October to June, Crater Lake National Park is a snow-covered wilderness. November through April is assuredly snowy with poor visibility and fair to poor driving conditions, but wonderful skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. With snowfall still lingering on the ground in early July, winter defines Crater Lake National Park more than any other season.

Snowfall averages 533 inches (1,350 cm) annually, and by early spring, it is typical to have ten to fifteen feet (4 meters) of snow on the ground. While snowfall is common in the Cascade Mountains, Crater Lake National Park is one of the snowiest areas in the Northwest where regular records are kept.

The National Park Service began recording weather information at Crater Lake National Park headquarters in 1926. The winter of 1932-1933 still holds the record for total snowfall in a single season, with 879 inches (2,230 cm). In 1950, Crater Lake set a state record for snowfall in a single calendar year, with 903 inches (2,294 cm). The most snow ever recorded on the ground at Park Headquarters was 21 feet (6.4 meters), on April 3, 1983.

Typical winter temperatures range from a high of about 35°F (2°C) to an overnight low around 19°F (-7°C).

Summer Conditions

The weather in May and June can vary from warm and sunny to snowy and foggy with poor lake visibility. Temperatures may be as high as 65°F (18°C) or as low as freezing.

July, August, and September are your "best bets" for dry, warmer weather. A typical daytime high temperature during these three months is around 67°F (19°C), but can range from 40°F to 80°F or more (4°C to 27°C). Temperatures cool off rapidly in the evening, with a typical nighttime low around 40°F (4°C), while some nights dip below freezing.

October usually presents cool but sunny days and brings the start of winter snowfall by mid-month.

Summer thunderstorms occur from June through mid-September, bringing dramatic displays of lightning and high winds. Boat tours, guided walks, and evening programs may be canceled if lightning is present in the park.

Things To Know Before You Come

Current Information

Roads and Trails

**Please call (541)594-3000 for the most current weather, road, and avalanche danger information.**

Hwy 62 through the park and the road to park headquarters are OPEN. The road to Rim Village and lake viewing is currently CLOSED due to heavy snow. North Entrance Road and Rim Drive are CLOSED for the season. Please phone ahead for the latest road status and weather conditions (541)594-3000. Roads can be icy and snowy this time of year. Please use caution!

Current Southern Oregon road conditions in and around the park can be found at www.tripcheck.com.

All cross country ski trails are open, except Mount Scott.

The only legal snowmobiling in the park is on the 9-miles of the North Entrance Road, accessible from Hwy 138. Snowmobiling is not permitted at any other location in the park.

Facilities and Services

The Steel Information Center, located at Park Headquarters, is open daily (except December 25) from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The US Post Office (located in the Steel Center) is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, except holidays.

Rim Village Cafe and Gifts is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, unless the road to Rim Village is closed due to heavy snowfall.

Ranger Led Snowshoe Walks are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm. Phone ahead for reservations (541)594-3100. Snowshoes are provided.

Rim Visitor Center is CLOSED for the season.

Crater Lake Lodge and Mazama Village Motor Inn are CLOSED for the season.

Annie Creek Restaurant and Gift Store (located at Mazama Village) is CLOSED for the season.

Mazama Campground and Lost Creek Campground are CLOSED for the season. The only camping available is backcountry camping and a permit (available at the Steel Visitor Center) is required.

Gasoline is not available in the park this time of year. Please plan accordingly!

Snow and Precipitation

**Please call Park Dispatch (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily) at (541)594-3000 for the most current weather, road, and avalanche danger information.**