Picking a location to elope can always be a challenge, especially when you have so many options in the state of Oregon. Crater Lake, Oregon’s only National Park, is a complete standout. The first time you walk up to the edge and look down into that bright blue water will take your breath away. Every time I visit I always leave in awe of how blue the water looks. We think eloping here is always a great idea and want to help you along with that process.
We thought a three step guide would make this a little easier, and hopefully help in your decision process.
Pick a location and date
Knowing what time of year and having a few locations in mind is very important with eloping at Crater Lake. Winters are very snowy in this area, and only some of the roads will be open so there will be limitations with trying to plan a wedding in the winter (unless you’re down for a snowshoeing adventure). The Crater Lake Lodge is also only open from May 17th through October 14th if you were hoping to stay there during your event.
Summer gives you more options for eloping with most of the park open by July. While there still could be snow, roads will start to be cleared and the West and East Rim Drives should be open by July 4th. Every year is unpredictable so just be open to multiple ideas and be ready to go with the flow. A part of Crater Lake’s permit process is having a first and second location along with two dates picked out.
Apply for your Permit
The Permit process is very easy, especially once you have picked your two date and location options. You’ll need to submit a short application to Crater Lake National Park including a $50.00 application fee. Once you have been approved, a $50.00 administrative fee is due for a total of $100 for the permit (which is not bad if you ask me). Remember to schedule ahead about 8 weeks to allow for processing time for the permit. We recommend planning at last 3 months in advance if possible.
Figuring out the Details
Once you have your permits figured out it’s time to figure out a few of the fun details! You’ll need to get your marriage license details taken care of (check out our ‘How to’ guide here) along with lodging while you’re visiting the lake! There’s always options to camp in or near the park, airbnb outside of the park, or try to stay at the lodge. If you’re okay with staying a little ways from the park we love these three airbnbs here, here and here.
Other Things to take Note of
Just a few things to consider when picking Crater Lake as your elopement location.
- There are no indoor locations if weather takes a turn for the worse. While we think getting married in the rain can be fun, we also know it’s not meant for everyone. If staying dry is something important to you or you would like a couple other locations, we would love to help you find another epic location that does have an indoor rain plan.
- You can not play any amplified music (a.k.a. – no speakers), but if a friend can play an acoustic guitar that’s totally cool.
- Crater Lake is not super close to any major cities. If you’re looking to travel into Bend quickly for meals or staying there during your visit, please plan for at least a two hour drive to get to the park.
To see more information about the permit process check out the National Park Services.We’d love to help you plan your dream elopement here.
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