Road Construction Update
A section of the East Rim Drive will be closed to traffic (vehicles, bicycles & pedestrians) for a rockfall mitigation project. Aug. 13th- mid Sept., Mon-Fri, 7 AM- 5 PM, Between Sun Notch and Phantom Ship Overlook. (Sun Notch Trail, Pinnacles Road Open.) More »
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect
To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, restrictions on campfires, smoking, and fireworks are in effect. More »
Vehicle-Free Days on East Rim Drive
The park will host two vehicle-free days on East Rim Drive, September 20 and 27, 2014. Although East Rim Drive will be closed for these events, all other roads through the park will remain open to vehicular traffic. More »
Annular Solar Eclipse at Crater Lake
Contact: Marsha McCabe, 541-594-3091
Crater Lake National Park will be hosting an astronomy event celebrating the Annular Solar Eclipse on Sunday, May 20th , 2012 . Crater Lake lies just north of the "Ring of Fire" line, where the moon will pass directly in front of the sun, creating a partial annular eclipse. Weather permitting, visitors will see a not-quite-complete ring of sunlight around the fringes of the dark new moon. Ranger Emily Prud'homme stated, "It will be an evening of two sunsets, with the sun emerging from behind the moon in time to turn our spring snow banks a pretty shade of pink before it retreats from view at the end of the day."
Did You Know?
The depth of Crater Lake was first measured in 1886 with a simple sounding machine that consisted of a crank and a spool of piano wire. Those first measurements showed the lake to be 1,996 feet deep - not far off from the depth of 1,943 feet that was measured with high tech equipment in 2000!