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Love Camping? It’s Time to Visit Crater Lake National Park

Overlooking Oregon's Crater Lake.

One of Oregon’s most popular outdoor destinations, Crater Lake National Park is a great place for both tent and RV camping alike. Additionally, the area is a great rallying point for hikers tackling the Pacific Crest Trail since it runs right by the park.

Prospective campers will be happy to know that overnighting near the deepest lake in the United States is easy thanks to the National Park Service and other camp operators. From fire rings and picnic tables, to flush toilets and wifi, a lot of the established campgrounds around this natural wonder are outfitted with fully modern facilities.

However, be warned that the prime months to visit are July, August and September, due to severe weather and possible park closures. While the park might be open in May or June, it’s always a bit of a toss up. Just so, you’ll want to be sure to make reservations well in advance.

No matter when you go, we suggest considering some of these tried and true campgrounds.

Camping at Crater Lake National Park

1. Mazama Village Campground

This popular spot just outside the park’s south entrance is friendly to both RV and tent camping. Mazama Village is just a short walk away, and some of the campground’s RV sites have full hookups, so you won’t be cut off from civilization.

2. Lost Creek Campground

Located just a little southeast of the park off of Pinnacles Road, this peaceful gem only offers tent sites, making it a great choice for low-tech campers. Although the campground does have food lockers, you won’t find amenities like potable water or firewood, so don’t forget to pack your own.

3. Broken Arrow Campground

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Just about five miles from the park’s north entrance, you’ll find this accommodating RV, tent, and trailer campground. While it is actually situated on the shore of Diamond Lake, we promise that Crater Lake won’t get jealous and accuse you of cheating on it.

4. Mazama Village Cabins

If backcountry camping isn’t your thing, you might want to look into the cabins for rent in Mazama Village. This quaint Mount Mazama outpost has a gas station, camp store, and gift shop, not to mention a restaurant and an electric vehicle charging station.

5. Dispersed Camping On Federal Land

Since dispersed camping is permitted in all national forests, you can potentially camp on federal land surrounding the park. Of course, things can and do change, so make sure to check with the Umpqua National Forest branch of the National Park Service before heading out.

Bonus Spot: Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake Lodge in Oregon

We know, we know luxuriating in a lodge isn’t camping. But if you’re bent on staying overnight in the area, and you can’t find a camping spot, you could check in to this upscale hotel that’s open from May to October.

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