The natural wonder that is Crater Lake attracts visitors from around the world and is one of the most recognizable natural places in Oregon. It is a place Oregonians feel connected to, whether or not they have visited. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is fed only by rain and snow that collects in this natural caldera formed after the eruption of Mount Mazama. Visit here once and you will remember it for the rest of your life.
Early Fall is a great time to visit the park. This time of year, the weather is mild, the skies are sunny, and the roads are clear. Even though Crater Lake is open year-round, many of the access roads close as early as October due to snow and remain closed through Spring. Nearby campgrounds for reservation include Lost Creek campground managed by NPS (reopening 2023), and Farewell Bend campground and Union Creek campground, managed by Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. All can be reserved on recreation.gov.
If you want to stay in the historic lodge, information is available on the travelcraterlake.com website.
Upcoming Crater Lake activities and events
September 10th and 17th 2022 – Ride the Rim: The Crater Lake Rim Road will be closed to vehicles on these days for people to enjoy the 33-mile trek. Mostly aimed at bicyclists, the event also welcomes hikers and runners on these days.
September 24th – National Public Lands Day: Get in to Crater Lake for free on this fee-free day for National Parks.
Most days – Ranger hikes and programs: Guided hikes, stargazing sessions, and Junior Ranger talks are always happening (June to mid-September)