Little Crater Day Use Site

Deschutes National Forest, Near La Pine, Oregon

Little Crater Day Use Site does not offer reservations through Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


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.

This boat ramp is on the southeast side of Paulina Lake and is adjacent to a campground and also offers 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: