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Old 02-25-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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According to Google Maps it's a long haul either through Roseburg or going down 58. Any suggestions as to which way is more enjoyable? Or is it best to make a loop?

Since this is pretty long for a day-trip, any recommendations for where to stay overnight at (or near) the Lake? I'm thinking ahead to a vacation in late spring or summer.

Thanks!
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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Some roads are closed seasonally, so be sure to call or check ahead to make sure whatever route you plan on taking is actually open. Even in spring and summer. Aside from that - when the roads are open we always take hwy 58. We're in Eugene, it seems quicker, and we also feel like it's a prettier drive. And be aware, too, that your cell phones probably won't have a signal for much of the drive. Ours go in and out.

Also - there's a lodge there where you can rent rooms but it's pretty pricey. You can rent cabins, there is RV camping and tent camping. A quick google will lead you to what you need to know.
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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Crater Lake Rim Drive does not generally open until some time in June (often late June) and you'd miss a pretty spectacular drive, so call the park ahead to make sure the drive is open.

Crater Lake National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

On the park's website you can get a lot of info on hikes available - so many visitors just drive around the rim once and then take off. I'd suggest coming down 58 to the north entrance, camping at Diamond Lake and then heading back via the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway .
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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Great-- thanks to you both for the tips. I'm not crazy about camping so will check out tripadvisor for lodging options near the lake.
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