Crater Lake National Park

The blue waters of Crater Lake
Crater Lake National Park

Discover new dimensions of Crater Lake, whether visible, submerged, or intangible during a two-hour, ranger-narrated boat tour operated by the Xanterra Parks & Resorts in cooperation with the National Park Service. Boat tours begin in early July; however, inquire at the park visitor centers to ensure correct information.

The boats are accessible only by hiking one-mile Cleetwood Cove trail located on the north side of Crater Lake. It climbs 700 feet in elevation from dock to crater rim and is recommended only for those in good physical condition. It is not recommended if you have heart, breathing, or leg problems.

Temperatures on the lake may be much cooler than those at the trailhead, so bring extra clothing and a hat. No drinking water is available at Cleetwood Cove; you will need to bring your own. Composting toilets are available at the boat dock. A vault toilet is available at the trailhead.

Tickets are purchased at the ticket booth in the parking lot at the trailhead of Cleetwood Cove. No reservations are taken. Allow at least one hour to drive from Rim Village to Cleetwood Cove parking area and to hike down the steep trail.

Wizard Island Options: Boats stop at Wizard Island. It is possible to stay on the island and take a later boat back. However, your return journey is dependent upon available space on returning boats. You are not guaranteed a ride back until the final tour of the day, possibly arriving at the Cleetwood Dock as late as 6:30 p.m. There are two hiking trails on Wizard Island. There is no camping allowed on the Island. Keep in mind that Wizard Island is a remarkable place—an infant cinder cone with all the expected hazards: extremely rough lava, loose cinder, and dry conditions. Use caution when hiking. A pit toilet is located at the dock area. There are no other facilities provided for the public on Wizard Island.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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