10 Ways to Enjoy Crater Lake National Park
DRIVE AROUND THE LAKE
Rim Drive is a 33-mile (53-km) road that encircles Crater Lake. More than 30 pullouts offer dramatic views of the park’s volcanic scenery. Allow 2 to 3 hours.
HIKE A TRAIL
From easy walks to challenging hikes, the park has something for everyone. Explore pristine forests, flower-filled meadows, and rocky peaks.
ATTEND A RANGER PROGRAM
Discover the wonders of Crater Lake with those who know the park best. Talks, hikes, kids programs, evening programs, and boat tours are offered daily.
WATCH THE PARK FILM
The park’s rich human history is the topic of an 18-minute film shown throughout the day at the Steel Visitor Center. Learn how the lake has affected those who’ve seen it.
VISIT THE PINNACLES
Formed during the same eruption that gave birth to the lake, these colorful volcanic spires are tucked away in the park’s southeast corner.
TOUR CRATER LAKE LODGE
For a glimpse into an earlier era, check out the history exhibits—and walk through the Great Hall—of Crater Lake Lodge, first opened in 1915 and renovated in the 1990s.
VISIT THE SINNOTT MEMORIAL OVERLOOK
With panoramic views and fascinating exhibits, this is the place to learn about the park’s geologic story and history of scientific investigation.
TOUCH THE WATER
The trail to the lake shore is steep and dusty, but the water at the bottom is some of the world’s purest. Swim, fish or simply dangle your toes.
Find a peaceful spot and attune yourself to the sounds and rhythms of the park. The Lodge veranda and the quiet pullouts on the lake’s north side are favorite spots to unwind.
GAZE AT THE SKY
With clean air and unobstructed views, Crater Lake is a great place to watch the sun go down, the moon rise up, and the stars twinkle in the sky.
Crater Lake Facts
Greatest depth: 1,943 feet (592 meters)
Average depth: 1,148 feet (350 meters)
Surface elevation: 6,173 feet (1,881 meters) above sea level
Surface area: 13,069 acres (20.42 square miles)
Widest point: 6.02 miles (9.69 km, Discovery Point - Grotto Cove)
Narrowest point: 4.54 miles (7.31 km, Dutton Cliff - Llao Rock)
Average height of rim: 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the water
Highest point on rim: 1,978 feet (603 meters) above the water at Hillman Peak Lowest point on rim: .........507 feet (155 meters) above the water at Palisade Point
Wizard Island: 767 feet (234 meters) above the water
Volume of water: 5 trillion gallons (19 trillion liters)