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    Crater Lake

    National Park Oregon

Rim Drive Opens at Crater Lake National Park

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Date: July 24, 2011
Contact: Marsha McCabe, 541-594-3091

The entire 33-mile Rim Drive around Crater Lake is now open for the season, as are all facilities and services including the 16-site Lost Creek Campground. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular views of Crater Lake from many vista points along this scenic drive and escape the heat of lower elevations. Wildflowers are beginning to emerge as the snow continues to melt, but there is still plenty persisting for a few snowballs!

The Cleetwood Trail down to the lakeshore is open as well as a portion of the trail to Garfield Peak, but most trails are still covered with snow and downed trees and branches. Be aware that the Cleetwood Cove area is under construction this summer as a new bulkhead structure is installed. (The "bulkhead" is critical to secure the docks used for boat tours and lake research.) Access to the lakeshore for fishing and swimming is limited this year, and there may be delays getting through the gates that are set up to provide safe passage through the construction zone. Boat tours have begun for the season. Be aware that, due to construction, access to the tour boat dock is down a series of very steep stairs. Please arrive early for tours and use extreme caution when descending or ascending the steep stairway.

Come up to the park to enjoy the beautiful scenery and summer snow! During your visit, consider taking a boat tour, trolley ride or joining another ranger-led program to learn more about your park. For more information on facilities, services, trail conditions and park interpretive programs, please call 541-594-3000.

Did You Know?

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!