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  • 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 »

  • Lost Creek Campground CLOSED Nights of 9/19 and 9/26

    Lost Creek Campground will be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/19 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/20 because of the temporary road closure to vehicles on East Rim Drive. It will also be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/26 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/27.

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    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 »

North Entrance Road Opens 2012

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Date: June 12, 2012
Contact: Marsha McCabe, 541-594-3091

The North Entrance Road in Crater Lake National Park is now open for travel.  Superintendent Craig Ackerman announced that visitors can now drive to and from the park via this popular route and access spectacular views of the lake from West Rim Drive.    
Over 2 feet of snow still remains on the ground at park headquarters - plenty for throwing snowballs!  Snow depth is greater at many locations around the rim.  National Park Service snow removal crews are now focusing their efforts on opening East Rim Drive, Pinnacles Road and Lost Creek Campground.  More information will be issued when the entire Rim Drive is open for travel.
Most park facilities are now open for the season.  Steel Visitor Center in Munson Valley is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Rim Visitor Center is open daily from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  Both are staffed by park rangers and the Crater Lake Natural History Association.  Ranger talks are being given daily at Crater Lake Lodge.  Our full complement of ranger-led programs, including boat tours and trolley tours, is scheduled to begin on Friday, June 29, 2012.  For more information, call the Steel Information Center at (541)594-3100.
Mazama Campground now has three loops open for camping.  All other concession facilities in the park are open daily, including Crater Lake Lodge, Mazama Village Motor Inn, Rim Café and Gifts, and Annie Creek Restaurant and Gift Shop.  For lodging reservations, please call (888)774-2728; for general concession information, please call (541)594-2255.
With several feet of snow still covering much of the park, visitors should be aware of potential hazards such as slippery snow patches and falling rocks.  Please use caution when driving as icy and snowy roads can still occur this time of year, especially at night and in early morning hours.  Steep snowfields still exist at many of the overlooks along Rim Drive, and visitors should use extreme caution to prevent falls.  Because of the hazardous terrain that exists in the caldera surrounding Crater Lake, travel below the rim is prohibited at all times. 
Be safe and have an enjoyable visit!

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Seven different trees live on Phantom Ship, an island in Crater Lake. There are also colonies of violet green swallows, and several varieties of wildflowers and lichens living there.