Lost Creek Campground is a small, primitive campground in a lodge pole pine forest in Southern Oregon, about four miles from the rim of scenic Crater Lake, the centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park. The water of Crater Lake is known for its incredibly clear, blue water, which is caused by the depth of the water, and the somewhat unique fact that are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake, all of the water in the lake comes entirely from rain and snowfall. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet and one of the deepest lakes in the world.
Lost Creek Campground has 16 first-come, first-served tent campsites, each of which includes a picnic table, fire ring, and access to bathrooms.
Lost Creek Campground – Bottom Line
Camping at Lost Creek Campground feels like you are camping out on the frontier since it is pretty much out in the middle of nowhere in Crater Lake National Park. Getting to Lost Creek Campground requires a sometimes spine-tingling drive along the East Rim mountainside to reach. On some of the turns it feels like your tires are on the edge of a completely vertical drop, which gets even more tricky in the first couple weeks after the road opens due to the debris that remains on the road.
The campsites at Lost Creek are surrounded by forest, and it looks like it was at one time the campground was more densely covered by the same lodge pole pines, but seemed to be recently cleared of many of the trees. Since there are not that many trees left within the campground, privacy is a luxury if the campground is full, but it often is not so you should be able to spread out and put some distance between you and your fellow campers.
Be prepared for cold nights, even during the summer and fall, and potentially warm days. Late season snow storms may be possible even into June. Also be prepared for bears, as they are sometimes present in the campground. Store all of your food properly in the food locker or in your car.
Lost Creek Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, Primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||16 Campsites|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilet|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Typically July until the end of September/early October, weather permitting|
|Geo Coordinates:||42.880180, -122.038852|
|Nearest City/Town:||Klamath Falls, Oregon|
|Location:||Klamath County, Oregon|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||43 Miles to Klamath Falls, Oregon|
Crater Lake National Park is located in Southern Oregon. It is 110 miles from the California state line on I-5, and halfway between Bend to the north and Klamath Falls to the south on US Highway 97.
Lost Creek Campground is located on the east side of Crater Lake and is accessible from the southern side of the park via the Annie Springs Entrance Station. From I-5 in Medford, take US US Highway 62 for 70 miles to the Annie Springs Entrance Station, which will be on your left. Turn right on Munson Valley Road, drive for 3.5 miles, turn right on East Rim Drive. Follow East Rim Drive for 3 miles, turn right on Grayback Drive, continue for 4 miles. Lost Creek Campground will be on your right.
|Web:||Crater Lake National Park Website||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Not Accepted, First-come, First-served only|
When To Go
Mid-Summer – Lost Creek Campground is only open in summer and early fall. Expect cold nights even during the summer.
Lost Creek Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson