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 "Never again can I gaze upon the beauty spots of the Earth and enjoy them as being the finest thing I have ever seen. Crater Lake is above them all."
– Jack London
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Crater Lake is a single-tile passable Natural Wonder in Civilization VI. Crater Lake appears as a Lake on Plains or Tundra tiles. Its tile provides 5 Faith Faith and 1 Science Science, instead of the normal yields from lake tiles. Crater Lake increases the Appeal of adjacent tiles by +2.

Like normal Lake tiles, Crater Lake provides Fresh water to adjacent tiles. Land Units also suffer a Movement Movement penalty when they embark/disembark from Crater Lake's tile onto dry land.

In Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, discovering Crater Lake grants +1 Era Score, or +3 Score if the player is the first to do so.


Crater Lake's tile has a yield of 5 Faith Faith and 1 Science Science. Since faith is often hard to generate early in the game, founding a city next to the lake can provide a vital head start with founding an early Pantheon.

Like ordinary lake tiles, the yields of Crater Lake's tile can be increased using certain bonuses. If the wonder tile is owned by a city with a Lighthouse and Seaport, the yield of its tile will increase by 1 Food Food and 2 Gold Gold respectively. Owning the Huey Teocalli wonder will also increase the Lake's yields by 1 Food Food and 1 Production Production. The Suzerain bonus of the Auckland city-state further increases the tile yields by 1 Production Production, and by an additional 1 Production Production once the Industrial Era has been reached. Nan Madol's bonus of +2 Culture Culture will apply to any district built next to the Crater Lake.

Unfortunately, as with all natural wonders, the Crater Lake tile cannot be developed or improved. Crater Lake can interfere with district or farm adjacency bonuses, however it is small enough that this is usually not a major issue.

Civilopedia entry[]

Crater Lake, called at times “Deep Blue Lake”, and “Majesty Lake,” is a sacred site to local Klamath groups, who historically attributed the lake to a battle between the sky god Skell and the underworld god Llao. Formed some 7700 years ago when the stratovolcano Mazama in the North American Cascade Range collapsed, Crater Lake is a deep caldera lake. Since no rivers flow into or out of the lake, the fresh waters there are the result of rain and snow; scientists estimate that the water is completely replaced only every 250 years. Not the best spot to refill a canteen when hiking the glorious Cascade trails.


  • The maximum possible yield from Crater Lake's tile is 5 Faith Faith, 2 Food Food, 2 Gold Gold, 1 Science Science, and 3 Production Production. This is possible if the tile is in a city with a Seaport, if the player owns the Huey Teocalli wonder, if the player is the Suzerain of Auckland, and the game is in the Industrial Era or later.
  • Crater Lake is the ninth deepest lake in the world, at 594 meters deep.
  • The island in the middle of the lake is known as Wizard Island.
  • Crater Lake is the smallest passable natural wonder in the game.


Related achievements[]

100th Anniversary
100th Anniversary
As America make a National Park of Crater Lake and both tiles of Yosemite in one game.
2016, the year that Civilization VI was released, was the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which manages national parks in the United States.
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