Lake of snowflakes
Crater Lake is a caldera lake located in south-central Oregon in the western United States. It is the main feature of Crater Lake National Park and is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity.
It is one of the snowiest inhabited places in America. Crater lake is completely obscured by clouds almost 50% of the times in winters and early springs. Its water comes staright from the sky either as snow or rain. There are no other inlets(no rivers or streams).
I recently visited the magnificent lake in end April(early spring) and it was all white and little bit snowing. Believe me, the first sight of the lake will leave you spell bounded and so amazed that you will definitely say “Its the best place I have ever seen“. Such is the magic of the place.
Operating Hours and Season:
The park is open year-round, 24 hours a day.But many of the park’s roads, trails, and facilities are closed seasonally due to snow. Visit current conditions page to find out what’s open in the park today.
Seasonal Road Closures:
Crater lake is often invisible because of clouds, Before visiting you can online check the webcams mounted at the lake to get the lake view. Also, heavy snow forces to close the park’s Rim Drive and North Entrance to cars.
We wanted to visit North entrance but because of heavy snow all other entrances were closed. The only one open was ‘The Rim Village’. I wont mind stating again and again that its is extremely beautiful.
Do check with park or online about what all entrances are open before you leave from home to avoid disappointment.
We stayed in Bend, Oregon which is 1 h 37 min, 90.6 mi(via US-97 S) away from the Crater lake. Stared at 10:00 am from Bend we reached the park around 11:30.
When skies are clear, excellent view of the Crater lake can be enjoyed at the Rim Village.
Park Entrance Fee:
Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card at the park entrance.
Cars – $10 in the winter (November 1-May 12), $25 in the summer (May 13-October 31)
Motorcycles – $10 in the winter (November 1-May 12), $20 in the summer (May 13-October 31)
Bicycles & Pedestrians – $10 in the winter (November 1-May 12), $12 in the summer (May 13-October 31)
Your ticket is good for 7 days.
Activities at the lake:
- Lake Viewing: When skies are clear, excellent of the Crater lake can be enjoyed at the Rim Village. A partial view of the lake can also be seen from the top of the Rim village cafe and gift shop.
- Snowmobiling: In winters, the park’s north entrance road is groomed for snowmobiling, which may travel as far as the rim of Crater lake.
- Backcountry Camping: This is available all year round. All campers must get a free backcountry permit, in person from the steel visitor center or nearby ranger station during business hours. The most popular trip is out and back along the west rim.
- Skiing: Ask at steel visitor center for trail recommendations.
- Sledding: There are no designated sled hills but can be found. Select raeas that have gentle slopes.
- Snowboarding: Inside the caldera its strictly prohibited. Its allowed in park with extreme safety and cautions.
- Snowshoeing: Its a snowshoer’s paradise. Snowshoe rentals are available at the rim village.
I hope you had a happy reading. Plan your visit soon.
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Cheers and love,