A fantastic perspective of the lake

Note: We are currently not taking reservations for the 2014 season. Information presented below pertains to the June 28 – September 15, 2013 season and is subject to change for 2014.

June 28 – September 15, 2013 

Standard Volcano Boat Cruises depart from the north side of Crater Lake at Cleetwood Cove and are approximately 2 hours in length. Guests must make the 1.1-mile hike on Cleetwood Trail to access the lake and boat dock. This hike can be very strenuous, as it drops approximately 700-feet, and it may take 30 to 45 minutes to descend the trail. These cruises offer a fantastic perspective of the lake as they travel counter-clockwise around the perimeter of Crater Lake.

An Interpretative Ranger from the National Park Service will be onboard the boat and offer cultural and natural history about Crater Lake. All guests will remain on the boat for the entire tour making stops at some special points along the way to view the beauty and formations of Crater Lake, including Wizard Island and Phantom Ship. Upon returning to the boat dock, it is time for the 1.1-mile hike out. This hike can take an hour or more, and the 700-foot ascent in elevation is the equivalent of climbing more than 70-flights of stairs.

Due to the strenuous nature of the hiking requirements to access the boat dock, this tour is not recommended for anyone with medical or physical problems that may limit them from this exertion. Please note, operations of the tours are based upon weather conditions and subject to change.

Wizard Island Tours

For more adventure, you may choose one of the Wizard Island Tours to be dropped off on Wizard Island for some additional hiking, exploration and beauty. Guests on the morning Wizard Island Tour will have the choice of reserving the half-day (3-hour drop-off) or the full-day (6-hour drop-off, limited quantity).

Boats will return to the island to pickup guest at approximately 2:30 p.m. (half-day tour) and 5:45 p.m. (full-day tour).

Standard Tour Schedule These tours do not stop at Wizard Island

  • 9:35 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.

Wizard Island Tour Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.

The above schedules are based upon weather permitting and are subject to change.

It is recommended to allow at least one and a half hours prior to the boat trip for travel from the Lodge/Rim Village to Cleetwood Cove.

Volcano Boat Cruise Rates

Standard Lake Cruise
Adult: $35.00
Child (ages 3-11): $21.00
Children age 2 and under are not permitted

Wizard Island Cruise
Adult: $45.00
Child (ages 3-11) : $27.00
Children age 2 and under are not permitted

Special School Group Tours
Adult: $20.00
Child: $10.00

Maximum 37 passengers. Advanced request only; dependent upon availability of staff.

Ticket Information

We are now taking advance reservations for July 5-September 15, 2013

Advanced reservations are for a limited quantity of tour seats. The remaining seats will be sold at automated, touch-screen, kiosks. There is a kiosk inside Crater Lake Lodge next to the Front Desk, and another inside the Annie Creek Gift Shop at Mazama Village. Guests can purchase both same day and next day tickets at a kiosk. There is a two hour sales cut off time at the kiosks to allow for travel time. Any tickets remaining after the sales cut off time will be available for purchase at the Cleetwood Cove parking lot, first come, first served.

The boat tours for the entire day sell-out very quickly, so advance reservations are recommended when possible. We encourage guests to check with the front desk for additional information and recommended departure times.

Note: All guests must check-in with the Cleetwood Cove ticket booth in the parking lot to receive tickets before hiking down the trail.

Requesting a Reservation

At this time, we do not offer the option to make reservations online for the Volcano Boat Cruise Tours; however, we are happy to assist you with your request via our online Reservation Request Form. Please note this is only a request for a reservation and not a confirmation.

We will do our best to accommodate your request; however, we cannot guarantee availability. A reservation agent will contact you in reference to your inquiry via telephone or e-mail. Please refer to our Reservations Rates & Policy page for information regarding our deposit and cancellation policy.

School group tours are available after Labor day by advanced request only depending on weather and availability of staff. For more information, please contact Davyn Jenkins at djenkins@xanterra.com or 541.594.2255 ext 3707


Contact Us

Phone: 888.774.2728
Fax: 303.297.3175
Reservations E-mail: reserve-cl@xanterra.com