Crater Lake National Park Photos

One of the reasons I love visiting National Parks is that they’re so beautiful that even if you aren’t a professional photographer, you can still come away with some amazing photos. A perfect example of this is Crater Lake National Park. I took a trip to Crater Lake in mid August and these are just a few of the photos I came with from that trip:

Wizard Island from Discovery Point

Wizard Island from Discovery Point at Crater Lake National Park

Wizard Island from Watchman’s Peak

Wizard Island from Watchman's Tower at Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake at lake level

Crater Lake at lake level from Cleetwood Cove Trail Crater Lake National Park

Pumice Castle

Pumice Castle at Crater Lake

Plaikni Falls

Plaikni Waterfall on Sand Creek Crater Lake National Park

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles Crater Lake National Park

Phantom Ship from Sun Notch Trail

Phantom Ship at Crater Lake National Park

Vidae Falls

Vidae Falls at Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake In Winter

This was my first visit to Crater Lake National Park and although it was May, there were still piles of snow along the side of the road that stood over 15 feet high. Driving next to these snow banks was enough to make the trip worthwhile and is a great reason to visit Crater Lake in the winter.

The big drawback to visiting Crater Lake in the winter is that your activities are limited. Crater Lake rim drive is closed. Due to the large amount of snow, hiking is pretty much out of the question (although cross country skiing and snow shoeing would be possible — permits are required for overnight snow camping). That means that there’s really only one spot to view and take photos of the lake:

snow covered Crater Lake Wizard Island in winter

Crater Lake in winter

Crater Lake National Park in winter

As can be seen from the photos, the other big difference is that cloud covered weather doesn’t let the beautiful blue of Crater Lake shine through, and instead leaves it a steel grey. I heard that has a much bluer tint when the sun is shining brightly even in winter, but to really get the color you need to visit in summer (which means I will be back again) when you can take photos like this:

Crater Lake Wizard Island in summer