Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park is just over an hour’s drive away from Medford. More than a mile deep, it is the deepest lake in North America. With sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high, it tells a captivating story of a violent volcanic past that has inspired people for years. Like no other place on earth, it is sure to be a spectacular experience of a lifetime.

Deep Water In A Sleeping Volcano

Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed it form 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a towering volcano. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers stand in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting. Visit and be amazed!

Things to Do 

  • Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks
  • Crater Lake Boat Tours
  • Trolley Tours
  • Guided Hikes
  • Discovering Crater Lake Talks
  • Ranger's Choice Talks
  • Junior Ranger Program
  • Evening Programs

 

Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake Lodge sits right at the edge of the caldera overlooking the lake. Though originally opened in 1915, the lodge was renovated in 1995 and its 71 historic rooms maintain their rustic, northwestern charm.

 

Crater Lake
Crater Lake, OR 97604

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SCIENCE & LEARNING CENTER
Crater Lake National Park is a wellspring for research information, a proving ground for educational techniques, and a source of inspiration for artistic expression. By supporting scientists and their investigations, we discover more and more about this special place. By connecting scientists with teachers, students, and the visiting public, the park becomes a focal point for lifelong learning.
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