Crater Lake National Park


Pets are welcome at Crater Lake National Park, but only in certain areas.

Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed:

  • on paved roads and in parking lots, and up to 50 feet away from paved areas

  • along the 1/4-mile paved promenade at Rim Village; and through the campground at Mazama Village.

Pets are also allowed on a few of the park's hiking trails:

  • The Godfrey Glen Trail, The Lady of the Woods Trail

  • The Grayback Drive

  • The Pacific Crest Trail (the official PCT, not the "alternate" PCT along the rim of the lake).

  • Pets are not permitted on other park trails or off-trail, or inside park buildings, including Crater Lake Lodge and The Cabins at Mazama Village.

For more information about Crater Lake National Park see here.

Before You Go Exploring in the USA

For a discussion on state law regarding cats, see here.

Most locations require pets to be on a leash less than 6 feet long. 

Typically pets are not permitted in public buildings.

National Parks

Unlike Australia, pets are welcome in National Parks in America

Cats are welcome:

  • in developed areas

  • on many trails and campgrounds

  • in some lodging facilities

Cats must be restrained, either on a leash (not exceeding 6 feet in length) or caged/crated.

Pets are not permitted:

  • in public buildings

  • public transport

  • designated swimming beaches

National Forests

Cats are allowed in national forests, but must be kept on leash (less than 6 feet in length) while in developed recreation areas and interpretive trails.

Cats are not permitted in swimming areas.