Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park
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Beautiful lake which is the centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park.
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  • MelvinPusfinger
    Temecula, California642 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views of a beautiful lake
    Unless you stay in the national park, you may be traveling more than an hour to get to this national park. But it is well worth it. The views at and near Rim Village are spectacular. The lake itself and its backdrop are simply stunning. Entrance fee is $30 or you can buy the annual pass to all national parks for $80. Most likely there will be a traffic jam and you may take 30 minutes or more to gain entry into the park. But once again, it is well worth it. Probably best to bring a picnic and your own supplies because the shops and restaurants are quite expensive. Even in late June, there was snow on the ground and some of the rim roads around the lake were closed. Also, bring insect repellent, especially to deal with the annoying mosquitoes.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2023
  • John S
    Altoona, Pennsylvania273 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply beautiful
    We came to the park in late June and the boats were not open year and the rim road was not open to car travel yet. But, we were still about the hike the rim and just enjoy relaxing while taking in the lake. It’s just so peaceful and relaxing here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Cryptic_Tourist
    Saint Louis, Missouri968 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Lake
    My husband and I absolutely loved our visit to Crater Lake NPS. We did the Cleetwood Cove Trail so we could go down and touch the water (no way was I jumping in, it was way too cold even in July) and that was probably the busiest section of the park. Our first arrival day we got there about 4:30 PM and the entire park was empty. We did encounter a TON of mosquitos though and they were REALLY bad. We got a lot of bites so please wear layers and bring bug spray. When we went back the following morning it was busier but still not too bad compared to other national parks we’ve been to. I think it helped that we were there during the week and went the day after the 4th of july.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Robert P N
    Los Angeles, California2,254 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its a check list National Park
    Crater lake national park is very nice. The lake is stunning. So many colors of blue and reflections. They have two different areas with general stores. Bathrooms and parking. There are a few nice drives just follow the maps. And enjoy the views.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Izzy H
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    There was no line to get into the park. We paid $30 entrance fee. The views are amazing on all stop. There are a lot of apportunity to take a postcard like photo. The best part was our hike down to Cleetwood Cove Trail. It took 15 min to go down and 20 min to go back up. There are bedrocks to sit on and lots of area to dip in the water. The water was really cold but we are able to take a swim. Be ware of slippery rocks. We saw lot of people slipping and falling. A must see when your in the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • MarcMis96
    Arab, Alabama198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Most Beautiful Blue Water
    There are no words to accurately describe the beauty of this lake. The blue color of the water is unlike any blue I have ever seen. Parking at the visitor center can be tricky, but if you get there early, you should be ok. We only had 1 day in the park, so we drove around the rim and stopped at all the view points. Sadly, they were not running the boat tours yet.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • monasusie f
    Lake Oswego, Oregon7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snowy in April
    Visited Crater Lake April 17, 2023. Beautiful but a LOT of snow! Needed to use snowshoes just to climb up from the parking lot near the lodge. Winds were very strong that day. Still a wonderful experience!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • jkweebs
    Omaha, Nebraska648 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Park # 30 did not disappoint
    Wow is all I can really say about Crater Lake. From our first view of the lake to the last nothing really compares to this place. We Hiked multiple trails and went to every overlook we could. (unfortunately the East Rim was closed due to redoing the road). But everything about the lake is amazing and I think we took about 200 pictures of the lake and surrounding areas. This is definitely a must do National park and one that will be vastly different than any other one.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Anna L
    Brantford, Canada174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunningly Beautiful. Not To Be Missed
    This is one of the most beautiful parks we visited on our trip this summer. Just stunning! I have never seen a Lake this color. The blue is just incredible. The park itself is still quite underdeveloped, so other than the cars and people, there isn’t much else in the park other than a gift shop at the entrance. If you’re hungry, there is Beckys diner about 10-20 to minutes outside the park on the way to Forks, near Rogue Gorge. Unfortunately we were left really disappointed due to a large part of the East Rim drive being closed from Sun Notch to Cleetwood - likely for the whole summer. This meant no Pinnacles, Plaikni Falls or Phantom Ship. Hence the 4 star rating. On saying that, we did do some stunning hikes and the drive we were able to do was gorgeous. We went later on our first day, around 2:30pm, and had to wait about 30 min in line to enter the park. Once in, it didn’t feel crowded and we were able to easily park everywhere we wanted to, either to hike or enjoy the views. The following day, we arrived at 6:30am to hike Cleetwood, and the place was almost deserted. We are glad we did this early, because we managed to escape the heat and the crowds. The drive around the rim can be a little disconcerting if you are afraid of heights- be prepared for sheer drops at the side of the winding roads. Note: there is very limited cell service throughout the park. You can get some at the main gates. But that’s about it. So make sure you download any maps you need beforehand. There are no gas stations. Closest one is about an hour out of the north end of the park, or back in Forks. Which brings me to this…. judging by the building that we saw going on, this will not be underdeveloped for much longer. So if you’re keen to visit, I’d encourage you to do so sooner rather than later and enjoy the fact this still hasn’t reached the levels of mass tourism you find at Mt Hood, Mt Ranier, Olympic etc.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • vern C
    Mount Vernon, Washington636 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    I have wanted to see Crater Lake for some time now and we finally made it. It was well worth the 8-hour drive. The views were absolutely spectacular. It's a bewitching place that reminds me a lot of Santorini, albeit somewhat smaller. Unfortunately, they were doing road repairs on part of the rim drive so we weren't able to go all the way around, but it was still a wonderful drive. The only thing that could have made it nicer was the visitor center. It was one of the worst excuses for a visitor center I have visited in any national park. It wasn't much more than just another gift shop. There were no exhibits and no films and hardly a ranger to be found. What a disappointment.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
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Scott F
Portland, OR24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
An amazing place! Soooooo beautiful. Stayed at the Alpine Inn, highly recommend! Only 25 minutes from the lodge. Best sunrise and sunsets!
Written 26 May 2024
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Aakash G
Oregon4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Stunning views and crystal-clear water! The Rim Drive is a must. Perfect for photography and hiking. Don't miss the boat tour!
Written 22 May 2024
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Bill15Q
The Cincinnati Region516 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
As disappointed as we were with Yosemite NP, Crater Lake far exceeded our expectations. We were here in early May, so some of the roads weren’t cleared yet, but the view was totally worth it.
Written 9 May 2024
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George B
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Incredible views on April 22nd. Clear skies, calm waters, great reflections, temp in the low 40s. A little difficult to climb the 10' snowbacks for viewing the lake, but well worth the effort. Park staff was helpful, courteous and friendly.
Written 30 April 2024
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Loveocean003
Montreal, Canada35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
This is one of the most spectacular NP of USA. A bit unknown and remote, but the experience is amazing. The view from the Crater is 360. I could experience a sunset and a moon rise in opposite directions.
Totally like this National Park.
Written 8 April 2024
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Joseph Robba
Charlotte, NC2,283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We came in mid-June and unfortunately for us, most of the park was still closed due to heavy snow still on the roads. But, we did come up to the visitor's center and take in the views of the lake, and drove to Discovery Point, which was the only place on the drive that was open.
We were the only ones in the park when we first arrived, infact I assume there is an entrance fee to get in (I do have an America the Beautiful pass), but when we came up to the guard shack, it was unmanned so we just continued on through. After about 2 hours of being there, the park did start to see some more crowds of people, and by the time we left, there was a long line of people trying to get in, so my advice would be to come early and avoid that crowd.
The Lake itself is mesmerizing to look at. The blue hue of the lake is like nothing I've ever seen, and I've seen lots of beautiful alpine lakes in my time. Definitely worth the visit. I don't know that it tops the charts of my favorite national parks, but we were limited with what we were able to do because of the road closures. We spent about 2 hours in the park, which seemed sufficient for not being able to do much.
Written 17 January 2024
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Sheila Villa
Oregon Coast, OR325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It’s a beautiful drive to Crater lake, it’s beautiful when you’re there! There was so much snow it was a cold magical winter wonderland. You can only get to Rim Village but that’s ok because you have full view of the lake!
We weren’t prepared for the low temps so we popped into gift shop and got gloves. Very reasonably priced.

So happy we went. And will go again. Everyone needs to see it. It’s just beautiful.
Written 12 December 2023
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Logan P
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
wish i still wasn't lonely but it is what it is i guess uhhhhhhhhh oh yeah it was just a lake really. wasn't super cool i guess, views were coolio tho
Written 14 November 2023
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TurtleGirlGonzales
Dallas, TX64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Spectacular visit! The park is very well maintained. Visitor's center, restrooms, signage explaining the history of the area--all on point.
Written 6 November 2023
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Vacationer686219
Austin, TX75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful drive through national forests to get here - worth it. Check weather before traveling here. Spend 2-3 hours soaking in the beauty and volcanic history.
Written 18 October 2023
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