Mazama Campground is a very large forested campground situated at 6,000 feet, and perched on the western rim of Annie Creek Canyon in Southern Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake is a large caldera lake famous for the deep blue color of the water reflection and the clarity of the water when up close. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, at 1,943 feet deep, and is somewhat unique in that there are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake. All of the water in the lake comes entirely from rain and snowfall. 

Mazama campground has 7 loops with 212 campsites that vary in size, although many can easily accommodate large RVs and trailers. Each of the campsites at Mazama includes a picnic table, fire ring, access to bathrooms, and coin-operated showers. At the entrance to Mazama Campground you will find Mazama Village, which includes a small store, gas station, restaurant, and gift shop. Half the campsites are reservable in advance and the rest are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Mazama Campground – Bottom Line

Mazama Campground is a huge campground with a wide variety of campsites. Some of the campsites are large and back up to Annie Creek Canyon, while others are small and right on top of their neighbors. Some are so close to their neighbors that the food lockers sit back to back and the picnic tables are less than 10 feet apart, which is not ideal. Also, there are two campsites (C27 & C28) that are quite possibly the worst located campsites we have ever seen. Both campsites are located in the exit for the RV dump station, and have direct views of said dump station.

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. While rare, 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.

Generally there are plenty of campsites available at any given time, however the campground sometimes fills on busy weekends, but generally you should be able to get a campsite if you show up before 5 pm.The best campsites at Mazama Campground are the campsites located on the eastern tip of each loop. These campsites are located directly on the rim of Annie Creek Canyon and have amazing views of the steep gorge. However these campsites are not recommended for families with small children, as the cliff is very steep.

Mazama Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 212 Campsites
Cost: $21/night for tent-only sites, $29-$35/night for RV sites
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes – Coin Operated
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Campsite dependent. Some campsites accommodate RVs up to 50 feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station Nearby
Cell Phone Service: Spotty coverage from Verizon
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Typically mid-June until the end of September/early October, weather permitting
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Getting There

Address:
Geo Coordinates: 42.866643, -122.165051
Nearest City/Town: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Elevation: 6000 Feet
Location: Klamath County, Oregon
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Less than one mile to Mazama Village
Directions:

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.

Mazama Campground is located on the southern side of the park at 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. After the entrance gate turn right to enter Mazama Village. The campground entrance is located on the far end of the parking lot.

Connect

Phone: 541.594.3000 Facebook:
Web: Crater Lake National Park Website Twitter:
Reservations: Online Campsite Reservations

When To Go

Mid-Summer – Mazama Campground is only open in summer and early fall. Snowfall is possible in June and October. Expect cold nights even during the summer. Heavy mosquitos may be present in June.

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What To Do

Hiking  – Annie Creek Canyon Trail is accessible from Mazama Campground and leads down into the steep Annie Creek Canyon.

Fun Facts

Mazama Campground is named after Mount Mazama, which is the name of the mountain on which Crater Lake sits. Mount Mazama was about a mile taller in height prior to the explosive eruption that blew the top off the mountain and formed the caldera that eventually filled with rain and snow melt to create Crater Lake.

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Mazama Campground Pictures

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 Image Credits: Justin Wilson

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