When the towering Mount Mazama erupted over 7,700 years ago, the powerful blast created one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon - Crater Lake. As America's deepest lake and one of the deepest in the world, its pristine blue waters and surrounding topography emit mystery, marvel and unparalleled beauty.
Whether it be blanketed with snow or shining in the sunlight, “Lake Majesty” has activities for every season that keep visitors returning over and over again.
Summer activities include:
- Boat tours and trolley tours
- Ranger-guided programs and ranger talks
Winter activities include:
- Winter backcountry camping
- Cross country (Nordic) skiing
- Snowshoeing and ranger-guided snowshoe walk
- Snowboarding and downhill skiing
Crater Lake National Park makes its home in Roseburg’s very own backyard – sitting right on the border of the Umpqua National Forest. The park’s north entrance is approximately 87 miles from the city center. The north entrance is typically closed from early November to June, but during the winter guests can use the west and south entrances instead.
Here are our Top 3 To-Do’s while visiting Crater Lake National Park:
- Crater Lake Lodge is a must-see antique of the park, first opening in 1915. The lodge boasts history, elegance and a “wow” factor sitting atop the breathtaking lake. With only 71 rooms available to reserve, it keeps the experience unique and secluded. The lodge is only open seasonally from about May to October. Dining is also available.
- There is no better way to take in the sights than by driving the scenic, 33-mile trip around Rim Drive. The route has 30 overlooks with plenty of parking, five picnic spots, waterfalls, hiking, and plenty of views. Trolley tours are also available and can be booked by calling 541-882-1896. The entire Rim Drive is usually open July through October.
- Sinnott Memorial Overlook and the Rim Visitor Center are on the south side of the lake close to Crater Lake Lodge. There you can check out a stunning viewpoint of the lake and visit the museum.
For lodging near Crater Lake and other additional information, visit www.nps.gov. Call park dispatch for the latest road status 541-594-3000.