Little Crater Day Use Site


Area Status: Open

Paulina Lake is located within the caldera of Newberry Volcano. This collapsed crater or caldera is the result of more than 500,000 years of volcanic activity. This lake relies on rain, snowmelt, and hot springs for water.

The boat ramp is on the southeast side of Paulina Lake and is adjacent to a campground, also offering picnicking opportunities, trailhead access to the Little Crater Trail, and a shallow boat launch (no docks).

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires payment/recreation pass. Passes are NOT available at this site, but can be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.

At a Glance

Fees: Recreation Fee Site: $5/vehicle/day or valid recreation passes - on-site passes not available.
Usage: Light-Medium
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires payment/recreation pass. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased. Acceptable passes include:
Information Center: Located within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument on the Deschutes National Forest. 
  • Information Hotline: 541-383-5700

General Information

Directions:

From Bend, OR: Travel 23 miles south on Highway 97 then turn left onto County Road 21 and head east for 15 miles.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Day Hiking

Boating - Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
43.70855

  Longitude : 
-121.24520