Crater Lake Fast Facts

  • Crater Lake National Park covers a total area of 183,224 acres
  • The number of people visiting Crater Lake in 2017 was 711,749 *
  • Crater Lake was made a national park on May 22, 1902
  • The lowest elevation found in Crater Lake is 3,990 feet in southwest corner
  • The highest elevation found in Crater Lake is 8,929 feet on Mount Scott
  • The entrance fee for Crater Lake is $25 per vehicle per week
  • Crater Lake National Park lies in the Pacific time zone
  • We last visited Crater Lake National Park in September 2018
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Crater Lake Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Crater Lake

  • Crater Lake is 1,943 deep. This makes it the deepest lake in the United States, and is #9 in the world.
  • Crater Lake National Park gets an extremely high amount of snowfall. The average per year is 533 inches, or around 44 feet. The record is an incredible 870 inches, or 73 feet. This huge snowfall means the park roads are only reliably fully open July through September, and sometimes even less.
  • Crater Lake’s deep blue color is entirely natural. It is due to both the high purity and volume of the water. Pure water absorbs all colors of the spectrum except blue, which is reflected, and causes it to appear blue.
  • Swimming in Crater Lake is only allowed from the end of the Cleetwood Cove trail, where the boat dock is. The average water temperature at lower depths is 38°. In summer, the surface can get as high as 60°, meaning anyone swimming generally doesn’t do it for long.
  • There are two species of fish in Crater Lake, Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon. They are, of course, not native to the lake, and were introduced by man. The park encourages fishing, in the hopes of some day removing the fish and restoring the natural ecosystem.

Where is Crater Lake National Park?

Crater Lake National Park is located in the Southern Cascades of the state of Oregon. It is fairly remote, the nearest town of size being the city of Medford, over an hours drive away. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Crater Lake.

North Entrance
(43.077820222558934, -122.11788377200719)
South Entrance
(42.86589155149644, -122.16873014112934)

More About Crater Lake

We have pages on all sorts of things about Crater Lake National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.