Home to the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake National Park is located in southern Oregon. With crystal clear waters and its shockingly blue color, there’s no question why Crater Lake is the centerpiece of this scenic park. There are some important safety precautions to take before visiting Crater Lake National Park.
With long, snowy winters and short but sunny summers, you can expect spontaneous snow and rain storms throughout most of the year. Come prepared with everything you’ll need, including proper footwear, plenty of water, food, warm clothing, and rain gear.
You may encounter some wildlife during your visit to Crater Lake National Park, including bears, elk, coyotes, porcupines, birds, lizards, and more. It’s important to NEVER feed the animals, both for their safety and yours. If you’re spending the night in the park, be sure to store your food safely in bear-proof containers or hang it up securely in trees.
Perhaps the most important safety concern when visiting this park is the caldera. Hiking and climbing in the caldera is strictly prohibited, as its steep walls are made up of unstable rocks and gravel. People have died from slipping and falling and getting caught in unexpected rock slides when hiking around the collapsed volcano’s dangerous caldera rim. The only exception to hiking in this area is the Cleetwood Cove Trail, which allows safe access down to the lake.
Avoid drinking from the lake or streams within the park without treating the water first, as this could lead to severe illness.