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Crater Lake at Oregon
Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake National Park

Formed in the ancient caldera of Mount Mazama, Crater Lake in Southern Oregon is the deepest lake in the country and one of the clearest in the world. This dramatic destination of wilderness, forest, mountains, and lake is about 50 miles from Days Inn Klamath Falls but worth the trip. During the summer, you'll be able to enjoy everything from swimming and fishing to hiking and biking. If you're into birds and wildlife, you'll definitely have a field day as many varieties of creatures can be spotted on a daily basis. As for the winter months, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling rule. Get a real feel for Crater Lake by taking one of two tours, either the Crater Lake Trolley or the Volcano Boat Cruise.


Prices -

Cars: $15; motorcyles, bicycles and pedestrians: $10 per person

Hours -

The park is always open. However, some roads and facilities are closed in the winter.


  • Discovering Crater Lake Talks
  • Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks
  • Ranger's Choice Talks


  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Dining


  • Is it safe and legal to swim in Crater Lake?

    It most certainly is. But you have to know where to go. Crater Lake offers just one spot where you’re permitted to make your way to the shore for swimming. That would be the Cleetwood Cove Trail. Open beginning in mid-June, the trail is just over a mile long. It also has a 700-foot decline as it makes its way to the shore. But once you arrive, the refreshing water will let you know it was worth the effort.
  • Where will I find the best views?

    Without a doubt, you’ll want to head over to the Sinnott Memorial Overlook where you’ll enjoy some pretty cool sights. You can access the overlook via the paved path that’s located behind the Rim Village Visitor Center. Once there, you’ll be able to see Mount Thielsen, Mount Scott, and the islands of Crater Lake. Additionally, Crater Lake’s many jagged features, likeDevil’s Backbone and Cloudcap, are in full view.

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