Living in Crater Lake

What is Crater Lake?

Crater Lake National Park was established in 1902.  It was established because Crater Lake is the Deepest lake in the United States as its deepest point is 1,943 feet deep, which is approximately 522 meters deep!  The rim elevation ranges from 7,000 to 8,000 feet, which is a range of 2,100 to 2,400 meters!

The lake is comprised of precipitation from the rain and snow that we get throughout the year.  The average precipitation in the park per year is 65.7 inches or 166.878 centimeters per year.  Our snowfalls usually between September and June, and the average snow on the ground ranges between 10 and 15 feet or 3 to 4.57 meters.

Where do I live?

Most of our employees choose to live in on site housing or RV’s.  Our on-site housing is dormitory style and is generally speaking located with-in walking distance of where you will be working.  We do offer a shuttle service that runs all day long and it provides shuttle service from the lower dorms ending at the Lodge, this service takes approximately one half hour to reach from bottom to top or top to bottom, depending on road and traffic conditions.  This service is only for employees, and is free.  


Should you choose to bring your RV the cost to you will be $35 per week, to be automatically taken out of your paycheck.  If you bring someone else with you who will be living with you the cost is still $35 and is still taken from your check automatically, however you and your “roommate” will have to figure out at the beginning of the season whose paycheck this will come from.  Included in this $35 per week is your water, electricity, employee recreation areas and your site rental fee.  Wi-fi access is provided free of charge in designated areas.

If you choose to live in your RV there are more bonuses to this, you can have your family, and your pets with you.  Please contact HR for more information regarding our pet policy.


Should you choose to live in the dorms the cost is $8.50 per day per person, and this cost is automatically deducted from your paycheck.  Included in this is your wi-fi, water, electricity, a bed, laundry facilities, and access to employee recreational areas.

The dorms are furnished with twin size beds/bunk beds, a wardrobe, and a small side table.  The laundry facilities, bathrooms, and showers are all community style.

We have a limited number of couples housing but it is not guaranteed, and is not for anyone under the age of 18, or anyone not working for Xanterra at Crater Lake is prohibited from living in the dorms.

Where do I eat and how much does it cost?

The charge for meals in the EDR varies per meal, the meal cost will be breakfast $3.25 lunch $4.00 and dinner will be $4.75.  This price includes your drink, your main course, any sides that are available, and if there is a dessert that is also included in your meal cost.  We encourage all of our employees to dine in our EDR, it provides you with a well-rounded meal at a lower cost than even preparing that type of meal for yourself.

We also have kitchens in the public areas for people to use that include refrigerators for public use.  However you still have to purchase your own food supplies for that area and it is not only shared by your dorm, but may be shared between two dorms.  So there may be limited access to the stove, microwave, and limited space in the refrigerator.

What if I don’t feel like eating at the EDR or I miss meal time?

We have a variety of options right here at Crater Lake.  The meal pricing is higher than that of you going to the EDR, however there are more options.  You are able to eat at these places based on available seating and how busy the restaurant is.

Annie Creek Restaurant, we get a discount here, but you have to have an employee id (for the discount) and you have to a way to pay, either cash, credit card or debit card.

Lodge Great Hall has appetizers, and lighter menu items such as salad or soup, and beverages.  Here too you also have to have a way to pay such as debit or credit card or cash.

The Lodge Dining Room is a higher end restaurant, and you have to have reservations to eat here for dinner.  But you can get in for breakfast or lunch without a reservation.  You also need to have a way to pay for your meal here such as a debit or credit card or cash.

What if I don’t feel like eating in a sit down restaurant or I just want to get something to go?

Here at Crater Lake we also have options for people that are “on the go”.  Although they are the “quick” type options, please keep in mind you may have to wait in line to get your food and pay for it.

Rim Café, located inside the Rim Gift Shop, has sandwiches, salads, fruit cups, and other readymade items. Here also you need to have cash, debit, or credit card.

Camper Store, if you are just looking to get something quick or a snack the C-Store has a variety of grocery items and snack foods for you to purchase.  You must also pay here with cash or credit or debit card, but some items they offer have a discount.