Is it free to go to Crater Lake?

All visitors at Crater Lake National Park are required to pay an entrance fee.

How long does it take to drive around the rim of Crater Lake?

Allow a minimum of two hours (including sight-seeing stops) to circumnavigate the lake by car or motorcycle, and longer if you are driving a larger vehicle or towing.

Can you see Crater Lake without paying?

Can you see Crater Lake in a day?

Yes! I spent 1 day in Crater Lake and I feel like it was a good amount of time to spend in the park. The park isn't too large like other national parks so it is very doable to drive around and do a few activities and enjoy your time at the lake.

Is Crater Lake worth a day trip?

Yes, if you only have one day, it is still possible to get a great feel for Crater Lake. The highlights to hit in one day are driving Rim Road, hiking to the Watchman Overlook, hiking to the lake (and possibly taking a boat tour), and checking out the lodge.

How much time do we need at Crater Lake?

While much of Crater Lake can be enjoyed in a single day, there are some rather unique experiences that you'll need to stay overnight to fully appreciate.

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