Crater Lake Boat Tours

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To fully appreciate the incredible beauty of this picturesque alpine lake when you visit, be sure to take one of the Crater Lake boat tours offered by a local company from July to mid-September.

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If you are planning to visit Crater Lake during the summer, be sure to plan on taking a boat tour so you can fully experience this majestic lake. Formed when Mount Mazama erupted and then collapsed over 7,000 years ago, this beautiful alpine lake is one of the deepest and clearest in the world. Surrounded by rocky cliffs and verdant forests, Crater Lake’s mesmerizing beauty attracts nearly half a million visitors each year.

When can I take a Boat Tour?

Crater Lake tours typically run from late June to the middle of August, weather permitting.

Where are the boat tours?

In order to access the Crater Lake boat tour dock you will need to hike down the challenging 1.1 mile Cleetwood Cove trail to the lake’s shore. The hike is well worth it, as the boat tour takes you around the lake’s perimeter while one of the National Park Service’s Interpretive Rangers tells you about the history of this spectacular lake.

What will I see along the tour?

As you tour this pristine lake, enjoy various stops including Wizard Island and Phantom Ship - two of the lake’s most fascinating formations. Some boats will drop you off at Wizard Island so you can hike up to the top. The views from the summit are absolutely breathtaking.

How do I book a boat tour?

You can make a boat tour reservation in advance or purchase tickets at the parking area for the Cleetwood Cove Trailhead. To make a reservation call 888-77-4CRATER (888-774-2728).

How much does a boat tour cost?

It depends on the tour:

  • Standard Lake Cruise
    Adult: $41
    Child (ages 3-11): $27
    Infant (under 3): Not permitted
  • Wizard Island Cruise
    Adult: $57
    Child: $36
    Infant (under 3): Not permitted