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 »
Crater Lake National Park Announces Inaugural Vehicle-Free Weekend
Contact: Linea Gagliano, (503)729-6021
Contact: Marsha McCabe, (541)594-3091
Crater Lake National Park Superintendent Craig Ackerman announced today the inaugural Vehicle-Free Weekend at Crater Lake to be held this year September 21-22. The park plans to preserve every third weekend in September as an annual opportunity to highlight non-motorized use of the park.
"In June, Crater Lake National Park, Travel Oregon and Cycle Oregon collaborated to open Crater Lake's East Rim Drive to non-motorized traffic for a first-time trial," said Ackerman. "After an outpouring of positive feedback from the many people who participated in this rare opportunity, we decided to make it an annual occurrence."
Whether hiking, biking, walking or running, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States, from various points around the rim with no vehicle traffic.
"Crater Lake and scenic cycling opportunities are state treasures that Oregon proudly claims," said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. "Creating world-class recreation opportunities within Oregon's unique landscapes is what we do best. I commend Craig and his team for giving Oregonians and visitors yet another opportunity to experience Crater Lake in such a remarkable way."
Under the plan, East Rim Drive will be open to non-motorized vehicles only (except for administrative and emergency vehicles) from North Junction around the East Rim of Crater Lake all the way to the intersection at Crater Lake National Park Headquarters and the Steel Visitors Center. Hwy 62 through the south end of the park, West Rim Drive and the North Entrance Road will be open to vehicles. Regular parking areas will be open, but generally fill up quickly. Normal park entrance fees apply.
Visit the National Park Service's website for details on parking, entrance fee and Crater Lake resources.
Did You Know?
Algaphogopsis, also known as the Crater Lake Mite, is a microscopic animal that lives in the waters of Crater Lake.