You can reach Crater Lake National Park in Klamath County several ways; including by planes, trains, and automobiles.
The Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport is the closest and most convenient airport to Crater Lake National Park. It is located about six miles from Klamath Falls. The airport is part of Kingsley Field, which supports the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing, a unit that provides training and instruction for Air Force F-15 fighter jet pilots.
The airport recently expanded and remodeled its terminal. Private aircraft are welcome. Rental car agencies are available on site (Budget, Enterprise, Hertz). Airport parking is always free.
Klamath Falls enjoys daily north and southbound Amtrak passenger service as part of the Coast Starlight route. Amtrak (541-884-2822 or 800-872-7245) also makes daily stops at Chemult in northern Klamath County.
The Coast Starlight route is known for its exceptional scenic beauty, with often spectacular views through Klamath County, including Upper Klamath Lake, Williamson River, Crescent and Odell lakes and our lush pine forests. As part of the Klamath County Museum’s volunteer docent program, onboard guides provide information about the Klamath Basin and its history, geology and flora and fauna during selected trips.
The Klamath Falls train depot is located within easy walking distance of the Klamath County Museum along with downtown businesses, restaurants and lodging.
Unless you rent a car, you will need transportation to Crater Lake. The Crater Lake Trolley (541-882-1896) offers round-trip transportation to the Park for a fee and leaves directly from the Amtrak station at 9:30 am daily and returns to Klamath Falls at 5:00 pm.
From I-5 / Northern California
114 miles from Weed, CA – Take the northern Weed exit, then Highway 97 north. Turn left onto OR-62 west and follow to the South Entrance of the Park. Driving time: Approximately 2 hours.
From I-5 / Eugene, OR:
127 miles from Eugene, OR – Take Highway 58 east toward Oakridge/Klamath Falls. Highway 58 becomes Highway 97. Turn right onto Highway 138 west and follow to the North Entrance of the Park. Driving time: Approximately 2 hours.
From I-5 / Medford, OR:
73 miles from Medford, OR – Take Lake of the Woods Highway 140 east. Travel 67 miles and turn left onto OR-140 east. Take West Side Road to the left and follow to the South Entrance of the Park. Driving time: Approximately 1.5 hours.
From Hwy 140 / Lakeview, OR:
139 miles from Lakeview, OR – Take Highway 140 west toward Klamath Falls. Turn right onto OR-39/Crater Lake Parkway which will become Highway 97. Turn left onto OR-62 west and follow to the South Entrance of the Park. Driving time: Approximately 2.5 hours.