Crater Lake National Park Transportation

  • D & I arrive full of expectations
    D & I arrive full of expectations
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  • Tour Boat Nearing Dock
    Tour Boat Nearing Dock
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  • looking west towards Diamond Peak and Lake
    looking west towards Diamond Peak and...
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    well worth the detour

    by richiecdisc Updated Oct 16, 2009

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    This would be a tough place to visit without a car and there are no shuttles in the park itself. It is a premier biking park but the average visitor will be coming in a car.

    Crater Lake is located 250 miles and 5.5 hours southeast of Portland, Oregon. It's about 4 hours from the Oregon Coast. If you are just passing through Oregon on I-5, it's about 100 miles and 2.5 hours out of your way but well worth the effort.

    Crater Lake National Park charges $10 per car load to enter the park for up to a week but if you are traveling with an America The Beautiful Pass, all National Parks and Federally Administered Lands are free to enter for a one year period for the very low price of $80 for an entire car load of people.

    D & I arrive full of expectations
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    Only cars

    by aquatic Written Mar 22, 2008

    Car- is the only convinient way to move around there. Bicycle is a possible way... but I am not that strong.
    Also when I was there the wather changed several time during the day, so comfortable car - not convertable - would help.

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    Tour Boats

    by GuthrieColin Updated Sep 3, 2006

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    Since 1921 boat tours have been running around the lake. Several different makes and models have been used but in every case the scenery has been spectacular.
    The boats depart from the bottom of the Cleetwood Cove Trail. it is a 1.1 mile hike that you will have to make both before and after your tour. Many complain it is too steep but it is not all that bad.
    The boats seat about 60 people in their trip around the lake but have no roof so you are incapable of getting out of the sun or rain if the weather decides to get nasty. The boat tours are worth every penny in my opinion.
    To reserve a spot on the boat you must go to the ticket both near the Cleetwood Cove Trailhead (usually they sell out pretty early) and purchase a ticket. You have the option to either get off on Wizard Island (for 2 hours) or just stay on the boat for the full 1:45 minute ride. Getting to the boat launch in time is your responsibility.
    Prices are as follows:
    $24.50 Adult
    $29.50 Adult with Island drop off
    $15.00 Child
    $18.00 Child with Island drop off

    The tour guides are very informational and friendly volunteers. They also told us that if you are for some reason to miss your return boat off the island you would be subject to a $200.00 fine. I’m not sure if that is true but, do not miss your boat.
    There is NO USE OF PERSONAL WATERCRAFT on the lake. I saw several people with canoes strapped to their vehicles. I hope that they were not hoping on taking them out on the lake.

    2 boats leaving Cleetwood Cove Tour Boat Nearing Dock
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    Long drive

    by hindu1936 Updated Jan 21, 2006

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    Crater Lake is an extinct volcano. Reasonably one would assume that it is in the mountains. One would be right. The rim of the lake is at about the 9000 ft. level. There several ways to get there. All involve driving quite a distance on two lane highways. From the south on I-5 near Roseburg in the western half of Oregon, head east on the Crater Lake/Diamond Lake highway up the Umpqua River. It is about 75 miles to Crater Lake. I say about because I have never paid much attention to the mileage but rather the time. It is two hours. From the north on I-5, you can turn at Salem heading for Detroit (beautiful drive) until you get to Bend. follow the signs. Turn At Albany, head east through Sweet Home (GLORIOUS DRIVE) until you get to Bend. follow the signs. A few miles south of Eugene you can turn on #58 which can, eventually, sooner or later, get you to the highway that connects to the Crater Lake Highway. Lots of traffic, logging trucks, construction. If you are coming from the northeast you will pass through Bend, OR and continue south until you see signs (they are huge, everywhere, and easy to see) directing you to Crater Lake. You will turn west, go many miles through some beautiful pine forests until you see the signs directing you to the left and the park. Fee is $10.00 per car unless you are a senior citizen with a golden eagle pass. a ripoff, I know, considering that it costs nothing to maintain the lake and the only expense is paying the very high wages of the park rangers who work there collecting your money so they can have a job.

    Coming from the south, just follow the signs. There are no restaurants in the park and none anywhere near the park. Bring a huge lunch, a warm jacket, lots of film or disc space. On the west rim, look west. You can see Diamond lake and usually, two or three other snow covered peaks. In August, there are usually patches of snow close to the highway. Do not approach the rim. It is volcanic and can easily crumble.

    Wizard Island looking west towards Diamond Peak and Lake In August, there can still be patches of snow Kwang Hee with August snow Just a shot from the lip
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    Take your car

    by carmenlilly Written Nov 14, 2005

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    Explore the Crater Lake Park with your own car. Entrance fees/ car are not expensive
    The advantages of driving yourself are that you cna stop at all view points you want and take the time you need !!!

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