Little Crater Day Use Site

Area Status: Open
This area is 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 a 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.

Acceptable passes include:

  • $5 Day Pass
  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Interagency Annual Pass
  • Interagency Senior Pass (America the Beautiful, Golden Age)
  • Interagency Access Pass
  • Interagency Military Pass
  • Every Kid in a Park Pass
  • Northwest Forest ePass

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day or valid recreation passes
Usage: Light-Medium
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.

General Information


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

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