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Crater Lake National Park Crater Lake

Where is it at?

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Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake Highway
Crater Lake
Tel: 541 594-3000


Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon on the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, 100 miles (160 km) east of the Pacific Ocean.

Where are we going today?

Did you know that Crater Lake National Park has inspired people for thousands of years? It really is a beautiful place to visit in Oregon, which is perfect for anyone who LOVES the outdoors, and a little bit of history!

Crater Lake National Park is centered around an incredibly pure blue lake, surrounded by sheer cliffs which stand at almost 2000 feet high. There are two picturesque islands in the center, which were formed by a very violent volcanic past.

It's a fantastic outdoor classroom!

There really is no "best" way to start your outdoor adventure in Crater Lake National Park. There are a number of trails, and activities that you can enjoy all year round.

In summer you can enjoy taking to the trails to experience some hiking, and try and spot the local wildlife. There are boat tours that can take you out onto the lake, and there are even trolley tours.

Ranger-guided programs are a great way for the family to learn about the history of the park, and how the formations were created over millions of years. You might learn you have a little geologist in the family! The water is beautiful, so of course there is swimming and fishing to be enjoyed.

There are even evening programs as well as camping - an amazing place in summer!

Don't let winter put you off, because there is plenty to do then too! There are ranger-led snowshoe hikes on the weekends, and even snowmobiling.

Crater Lake National Park is a stunning part of Oregon, and one that will give you endless activities for those active families! Don’t forget your camera! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10 per car for 7 days. $5 per person.
  • ChildrenSame as adult.

When can we go?

Visitor Center 9am - 5pm. 10am - 4pm Nov to April.

All year round.

I'm Hungry!

There are cafes and restaurants, as well as a camper store that you can grab some food from! There is even a lodge dining room. .

Healthy Eating!

There are plenty of healthy options in the cafes, or why not bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy? Don't forget that water! .

Any Top Tips?

No gasoline is available in the park from mid October to late May. The closest station is 30 miles away so go prepared. .

Doing our bit

The park services do their best to look after the park and all that call it home. Help them out by not taking anything away except your rubbish. .

Can I get one of those?

There is the Rim Village Cafe and Gifts which is open all year round and a great place to pick up some lovely souvenirs! .

More information

If you want to extend your stay, there is camping and the Lodge with 71 rooms from mid May to mid October. .

What people are saying?


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    We love taking family trips here. But, wait till your kiddos are older. The appreciation of it is not there yet for the little ones. When the weather is bad it is hard to see the island . Amazing place check weather 1st always before going. SUMMER!!!

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