A FANTASTIC PERSPECTIVE OF THE LAKE

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, and one of the deepest in the world. One of the best ways to experience Crater Lake National Park is to take a Standard Lake cruise around Crater Lake, and for the truly adventurous, choose one of the options to spend time on Wizard Island. Whichever tour you choose, you will need to hike approximately 1.1 miles down to the boat dock. Due to the strenuous nature of the hiking requirements to access the boat dock, these tours are 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.

The Standard Lake Cruise will allow you to learn about the history, geology, and cultural significance of the lake, while viewing the natural beauty of the caldera from the boat.

The Wizard Island options include morning and afternoon departures, and will allow you time to hike to the summit of Wizard Island and enjoy the phenomenal panoramic view or simply fish or even swim. Our morning departures give you the option of the full lake tour and three hours at Wizard Island, or six hours at Wizard Island with a partial Lake tour. Our afternoon departure that shuttles guests to and from Wizard Island, with three hours to spend leisurely exploring the island.

All guests must make the 1.1-mile (2.2 miles roundtrip) 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 and reach the water’s surface. 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.

Weather permitting, the boat cruises are scheduled to operate daily from June 27 through September 14, 2014.  Schedules provided are based upon weather permitting and are subject to change. It is recommended to allow at least one and a half hours (90-minutes) prior to the boat trip for travel from the Lodge/Rim Village to Cleetwood Cove. If tours are cancelled, we will do our best to accommodate guests with advance reservations on the next available tour or we will issue a refund of the deposit.

Reservations are being accepted for tours beginning July 4, 2014 through the end of the season. Tickets for September 15 until the end of the season will be sold through our self-service kiosks located in the lobby of Crater Lake Lodge and inside the Annie Creek Gift Shop at Mazama Village.

 

 

 

Standard Lake Cruises

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. A 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.

The below schedules are based upon weather permitting and are subject to change. It is recommended to allow at least one and a half hours (90-minutes) prior to the boat trip for travel from the Lodge/Rim Village to Cleetwood Cove.

Standard Tour Schedule: (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.

END OF THE SEASON REDUCED SCHEDULE September 15 until season’s end 

  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Advance tickets sold 24 hours in advance, via onsite kiosks ONLY.

Standard Lake Cruise Rates:

  • Adult: $37.00
  • Child: (ages 3-11): $25.00
  • Children age 2 and under are not permitted

 

 

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Wizard Island Tours and Shuttle

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 a half-day (3-hour drop-off) or an all-day (6-hour drop-off, very limited quantity).

The below schedules are based upon weather permitting and are subject to change. It is recommended to allow at least one and a half hours (90-minutes) prior to the boat trip for travel from the Lodge/Rim Village to Cleetwood Cove.

Complete Lake Tour with Wizard Island Drop-off – Half-day / A.M. Departure

The Volcano Boat Cruises depart from the north side of Crater Lake at Cleetwood Cove. 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 and will travel approximately 45-minutes to Wizard Island where guests are dropped off for 3-hours to hike and explore. When the boat returns for the pickup, the cruise will take approximately 75-minutes to complete the counter-clockwise trip around the perimeter of Crater Lake. A Ranger from the National Park Service will be onboard the boat and on the island to offer cultural and natural history about Crater Lake. Other than the drop-off at Wizard Island, 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

A.M. Departure / Half -Day Wizard Island Schedule

  • Depart Cleetwood Cove at 9:30 a.m.
  • Return to Cleetwood Cove at 2:30 p.m.

A.M. Departure / Half -Day Wizard Island Rates

  • Adult: $52.00
  • Child: (ages 3-11): $34.00
  • Children age 2 and under are not permitted

END OF THE SEASON REDUCED SCHEDULE September 15 until season’s end 

  • Wizard Island with Lake Cruise not available.
  • Shuttle only will depart at 9:30 a.m.
  • Advance tickets sold 24 hours in advance, via onsite kiosks ONLY.

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Partial Lake Tour with Wizard Island Shuttle – All-day / A.M. Departure

This option is intended for the person choosing to spend the entire day (approximately 6-hours) on Wizard Island with only a partial tour of Crater Lake. The Volcano Boat Cruises depart from the north side of Crater Lake at Cleetwood Cove. 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 and will travel approximately 45-minutes to Wizard Island where guests are dropped off for 6-hours to hike and explore. A Ranger from the National Park Service will be onboard the boat and on the island to offer cultural and natural history about Crater Lake. Other than the drop-off at Wizard Island, guests will remain on the boat for the entire trip making stops at some special points along the way to Wizard Island. When the boat returns for the pickup, the cruise will return directly to Cleetwood Cove. 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.

A.M. Departure / All -Day Wizard Island Schedule

  • Depart Cleetwood Cove at 9:30 a.m.
  • Return to Cleetwood Cove at 5:00 p.m.

A.M. Departure / All -Day Wizard Island Rates

  • Adult: $52.00
  • Child: (ages 3-11): $34.00
  • Children age 2 and under are not permitted

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Wizard Island Shuttle Service – Half-day / P.M. Departure

This option is intended for the person choosing to be shuttled to/from Wizard Island and spend approximately 3-hours on the island (this is a shuttle service and does not include a tour of Crater Lake). The shuttle boat departs from the north side of Crater Lake at Cleetwood Cove. 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 direct shuttle to Wizard Island where guests are dropped off for approximately 3-hours to hike and explore. A Ranger from the National Park Service will be onboard the boat and on the island to offer cultural and natural history about Crater Lake. Other than the drop-off at Wizard Island, guests will remain on the boat for the entire trip and these shuttles will make no other stops between Cleetwood Cove and Wizard Island in either direction. When the boat returns for the pickup, the cruise will return directly to Cleetwood Cove. 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.

P.M. Departure / Half -Day Wizard Island Schedule

  • Depart Cleetwood Cove at 12:45 p.m.
  • Return to Cleetwood Cove at 5:00 p.m.

P.M. Departure / Half -Day Wizard Island Rates

  • Adult: $42.00
  • Child: (ages 3-11): $28.00
  • Children age 2 and under are not permitted

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Reservation and Ticket Information

Advance reservations are being accepted for tours July 4, 2014 through September 14, 2014. Reservations are not yet being accepted for 2015. Guests with existing lodging reservations (and for whom we have a valid email address) will be notified via email when 2015 reservations are being accepted.

Advanced reservations are for a limited quantity of tour seats and the remaining seats will be sold at automated, touch-screen, kiosks. Advance reservations are recommended when possible since the boat tours sell-out very quickly.

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. Kiosk sales begin at 24-hours prior to the tour departure time and will continue until sold-out or two hours prior to the departure time due to the required 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. 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.

Special School Group Tours

School group tours are available after Labor Day by advanced request only depending on weather and availability of staff. For more information, please call 541.594.2255 ext. 3707

School Group Tour Rates

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Maximum 37 passengers. Advanced request only; dependent upon availability of staff.

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.

Please refer to our Reservations Rates & Policy page

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