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- National Park
Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty, and an outstanding outdoor laboratory and classroom.
Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon on the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, 100 miles (160 km) east of the Pacific Ocean. It lies inside a caldera, or volcanic basin, created when the 12,000 foot (3,660 meter) high Mount Mazama collapsed 7,700 years ago following a large eruption.
Hours + Fees
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.
Map + Directions
From the North (Summer):
Take Route 138 east to the park's north entrance.
Take 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.
South and West Entrances
Take Route 138 east to Route 230 south to Route 62 east to the park's west entrance.
Take Route 97 south to Route 62 north and west to the park's south entrance.
Take Route 62 north and east to the park's west entrance.
From Klamath Falls
Take Route 97 north to Route 62 north and west to the park's south entrance.