Crater Lake National Park

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About Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake is a 1,943 foot deep, relucent freshwater sanctuary surrounded by sheer cliffs, decorated by two islands and beating with the geological pulse of a violent volcanic past. Come to Oregon’s only National Park to experience hikes from snowy heights to lakeside rims, to ride horses, cruise around Wizard Island, swim in water as blue as Brad Pitt’s iris and backpack 33 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (if you’re up for it!) No matter your reason, Crater Lake is an unmissable earthly anomaly in Southern Oregon’s Cascade Mountain range and inspires visitors with starry skies, diverse wildlife, unforgettable landscape contrasts and the strong sense of being small in the midst of something grand.

Campgrounds in Crater Lake

Lost Creek Campground
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Christina: Its best to go in August or September so that after a long hike you will actually want to jump into...
Mazama Campground
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Lorene: The camp store at Mazama Village is very well stocked, which is a good thing since the nearest grocery...

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Hipcamper Lorene

The camp store at Mazama Village is very well stocked, which is a good thing since the nearest grocery store is nearly an hour away..

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Hipcamper Walter

Crater Lake is a must-see, spectacular 7,700 year old sunken caldera, now lake. A jewel of the park's system. Campground is large, well-run, but almost always packed. The weekend we were there was no exception...you'll always have neighbors. But people were quiet, and respectful. Even with reservation, you pick your spot on first come, first serve basis.

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Hipcamper Cristina

Even with a rezie, the spots are assigned upon arrival, so make it there early if you want to get a good site. We were in loop G and the sites were spacious. The mosquitos are relentless! Free showers in loop F and a restaurant.....

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Hipcamper Joseph

Glad I could enter campsite at 6p (Aug) but if you want to get away, get a backcountry permit. Expect a lot of RV's + families. Camping sites near the entrance of the park with a solid restaurant, Annie's, that provided a good breakfast to start off my 2nd day

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Hipcamper John

Can't beat the location! The campground is nothing special, but well-maintained and easily accessible. We arrived early on a Thursday and had a few choices of sites, but it quickly filled up. Lots of mosquitos!

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Hipcamper Alyssa

Incredible, it's a must! I went at the end of May and it felt like winter up there, super snowy and foggy, but stunning lake. Also, it's worth watching the informational video... adds a lot to one's appreciation for it!

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Hipcamper Adam

Bring some heavy duty bug spray during the warmer months!

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Hipcamper Christina

Its best to go in August or September so that after a long hike you will actually want to jump into the arctic like waters of crater lake.

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Hipcamper Annie

Very nice campground! Expensive ish tho

Hipcamper Travis

Great sites on the edge of a gorge.

Hipcamper Kari

Rolled in to Mazama campground without reservations and grabbed a great spot. Check in early. All sites are first come first serve. You can make a reservation but you pick your site based on a color designation so early arrivers get their pick. I have yet to see a spot I wouldn't be happy to camp in. Our site is enormous but even the small sites are spacious with lots of pine trees separating each camp site. Big plus - the bathrooms are flush toilets and super clean. I read that bugs during the summer are bad and that review is accurate. Bring LOTS of bug spray. Only bummer is the showers are closed due to water restrictions at the moment but we'll make due with a pot of hot water at our site. Overall - 5 stars.

Hipcamper Kari

Rolled in to Mazama campground without reservations and grabbed a great spot. Check in early. All sites are first come first serve. You can make a reservation but you pick your site based on a color designation so early arrivers get their pick. I have yet to see a spot I wouldn't be happy to camp in. Our site is enormous but even the small sites are spacious with lots of pine trees separating each camp site. Big plus - the bathrooms are flush toilets and super clean. I read that bugs during the summer are bad and that review is accurate. Bring LOTS of bug spray. Only bummer is the showers are closed due to water restrictions at the moment but we'll make due with a pot of hot water at our site. Overall - 5 stars and Pets Are Allowed.

History of Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake has long attracted the wonder and admiration of people all over the world. Its depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) makes it the deepest lake in the United States, and the ninth deepest in the world. Its fresh water is some of the clearest found anywhere in the world. The interaction of people with this place is traceable at least as far back as the eruption of Mount Mazama. Founded May 22, 1902, Crater Lake National Park seeks to preserve these natural and cultural resources.