October 05, 2016
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted for Crater Lake National Park
The fire danger level within Crater Lake National Park has dropped from extreme to moderate as a result of recent moisture and predicted cooler temperatures. Effective immediately, the Stage 1 fire restrictions implemented on July 31, 2016, are rescinded.
September 13, 2016
Crater Lake National Park to Host Ride the Rim Days
Crater Lake National Park, in partnership with Discover Klamath, will host the fourth annual Ride the Rim days on September 17 and 24, 2016. On these consecutive Saturdays, East Rim Drive from North Junction to Park Headquarters will be closed to motorized vehicles from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to allow for nonmotorized recreation including biking, hiking, and running.
September 07, 2016
Crater Lake National Park Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass
Crater Lake National Park encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 public lands and waters nationwide for a year. Visit www.EveryKidinaPark.gov to download the pass and get more information.
August 23, 2016
Fee-free Days at Crater Lake National Park for National Park Service Centennial
In celebration of the National Park Service’s one hundredth anniversary, entrance fees will be waived for Crater Lake National Park from August 25 through August 28. We invite the public to join us in wishing the National Park Service a “Happy Birthday” on this very special week.
August 19, 2016
Crater Lake National Park to Celebrate National Park Service Centennial on August 25th
Crater Lake National Park will celebrate the National Park Service Centennial on August 25, 2016 by hosting a “pop up” museum. A “pop up” museum is a temporary exhibit created by anyone who chooses to participate. For this event, Crater Lake Staff invite you to bring your Crater Lake memorabilia to share. Participants will write a label for their object and leave it on display for others to see for a few hours. The objects can be old, new, unique or just curious. The goal is to bring people together to share their National Park Service memories through stories, art and objects.
August 11, 2016
Cleetwood Parking Lot To Close During Parking Lot Expansion Beginning August 15
Beginning on August 15, the Cleetwood parking lot will close during a major construction project that includes expanding the parking lot by more than 70 percent, installing two permanent vault toilets, and improving trailhead access. From August 15 through September 5, the only way to access the lake for boat tours, hiking, swimming, or fishing will be to take a paid shuttle from Rim Village.
August 06, 2016
Updated Evacuations and Closures for Bybee Creek Fire Area
Crater Lake National Park will lift the Level 1 Evacuation Notice for Rim Village and Park Headquarters on Sunday, August 7, at 8 a.m. The entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) within Crater Lake National Park, including the alternate route along the Rim Trail, will also reopen at this time. West Rim Drive will reopen on Monday, August 8, at 8 a.m., from the intersection of Munson Valley Road and West Rim Drive (near Rim Village) to North Junction.
August 02, 2016
Crater Lake National Park Notifies Visitors and Residents to “Be Ready” for Potential Evacuation of Rim Village and Park Headquarters Areas
Crater Lake National Park is issuing a Level 1 Evacuation Notice for Rim Village and Park Headquarters effective at 3:30 p.m., August 2, 2016. The Level 1 notice informs residents and visitors to “be ready” for a potential evacuation of Rim Village and Park Headquarters in the event that the Bybee Creek Fire approaches these areas.
July 31, 2016
Crater Lake National Park Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, Crater Lake National Park has implemented Stage 1 fire restriction effective at midnight tonight, July 31, 2016.
July 29, 2016
Bybee Fire Burning in Crater Lake National Park
The Bybee Fire is currently burning on the west side of Crater Lake National Park along the Pacific Crest Trail.
The fire was discovered yesterday afternoon and by 10 p.m. was estimated to be nearly 50 acres with no containment. It is located near the junction of the Lightning Springs Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.
July 27, 2016
Man Rescued Through Coordinated Effort After Fall in Pinnacles Area
A 21-year-old Portland, Oregon, man fell 250 feet into Wheeler Creek drainage at the Pinnacles area at approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 23.
July 11, 2016
Crater Lake National Park Rangers Seize 234 Pounds of Morel Mushrooms
Crater Lake National Park rangers seized more than 234 pounds of illegally harvested morel mushrooms during the Fourth of July weekend. The estimated market value of the confiscated mushrooms is $7,944.
July 06, 2016
Crater Lake Announces Summer Art Show
Art on the Rim, the 7th annual Art Show to be held at Crater Lake National Park, is scheduled for July 9th and 10th at the Rim Village Community House from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days.
June 12, 2016
Beetle BioBlitz at Crater Lake National Park
The Crater Lake National Park Science and Learning Center is sponsoring a survey and inventory of Crater Lake’s beetles (Coleoptera) on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This Beetle BioBlitz is an opportunity for “citizen scientists” from the general public to join park staff and other scientists to characterize the biological and genetic diversity of beetles occupying the Crater Lake landscape.
May 30, 2016
Two Hikers Rescued from Crater Lake Shoreline
Two Hikers Rescued from Crater Lake Shoreline
May 05, 2016
Spring Opening Operations Underway at Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park has begun spring opening operations along West Rim Drive. The Crater Lake road crew has cleared snow to the Diamond Lake Overlook, about five miles northwest of Rim Village. The first mile of West Rim Drive, from Rim Village to Discovery Point, is currently open to motorized vehicle traffic. The North Entrance is projected to open to vehicles between Memorial Day and mid-June, dependent on weather.
Crater Lake will begin charging an entrance fee beginning Friday, May 6. Entrance fees for a seven-day pass into the park are $15 per car or $10 per person for motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
April 21, 2016
Tourism to Crater Lake National Park Creates $71,212,400 in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 614,712 recreational visitors to Crater Lake National Park in 2015 spent $52,185,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 887 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $71,212,400.
March 03, 2016
Augment Annie Springs Water Supply Environmental Assessment
Crater Lake National Park officials announced today the release of the Augment Annie Springs Water Supply Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review. The EA analyzes alternative sources of potable water to ensure an adequate, safe, long-term supply for the park’s developed areas. The National Park Service proposes to utilize an existing exploratory well as a new groundwater source for potable water that can either supplement the Annie Springs surface water source or provide a sole source of supply to the park water system should Annie Springs not be available.
February 25, 2016
Crater Lake National Park Signs Sister Park Agreement with China Park
As America’s National Park System gears up to celebrate its Centennial Anniversary, Crater Lake, Oregon’s National Park gem, joined with Wuyishan National Scenic Area (a UNESCO World Heritage Site in China) in a Sister Park Agreement.
February 03, 2016
Invasive Vegetation Management Plan Public Scoping
Crater Lake National Park invites public input on the scope of an Invasive Vegetation Management Plan in conformance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Invasive Vegetation Management Plan would provide a framework for managing non-native, invasive plants in order to protect the park’s native ecosystems.
January 29, 2016
2015 Visitation to Crater Lake National Park Highest in 25 Years
Crater Lake National Park welcomed 664,000 visitors in 2015, a 13.5 percent increase from 585,000 visitors in 2014. This is the highest park visitation in 25 years.
December 23, 2015
Crater Lake National Park Open During Winter Storms
Crater Lake National Park remains open during winter storms that have brought more than 130 inches of snow to park headquarters since December 9. The Steel Visitor Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on December 25, and Highway 62 South is plowed and passable, although chains or traction tires are required for travel on park roads, and visitors should be prepared for winter driving conditions.
December 17, 2015
West Panhandle Forest Restoration Project Public Scoping
Crater Lake National Park is seeking public input on the scope of an environmental assessment (EA) to be prepared for the West Panhandle Forest Restoration Project in conformance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
November 25, 2015
Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks to Begin This Weekend at Crater Lake
Crater Lake National Park is pleased to announce that our popular ranger-led snowshoe walks are about to begin for the 2015-2016 winter season. The walks will start this Saturday, November 28, and will be offered every Saturday and Sunday (and some holidays) through May 1, 2016.
October 28, 2015
Winter Road Closures at Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park’s North Entrance Road and East and West Rim drives will close for the season on Sunday, November 1, at 5 p.m. All visitors to Crater Lake National Park must use Highway 62 to access the park from the south or west during these closures. The North Entrance Road and Rim drives, with elevations from 5,850 to 7,960 feet above sea level, receive an average of more than 40 feet of snow each year and are not plowed from fall to late spring because of deep drifts, avalanche risk, and other dangerous conditions.
September 01, 2015
Crater Lake National Park Welcomes Fourth Grade Students Through Every Kid in a Park Initiative
Crater Lake National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program.
August 31, 2015
Pacific Crest Trail Reopens in Crater Lake National Park
The entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail within Crater Lake National Park is now open.
August 28, 2015
North Entrance of Crater Lake National Park to Reopen
Crater Lake, OR - The north entrance to Crater Lake National Park will reopen on Friday, August 28, 2015. Burn out operations related to the Crescent Fire were successful and have established a strong fire line to the north and east along Highway 138 and the park’s North Entrance Road.
August 16, 2015
North Entrance of Crater Lake to Close Temporarily for Fire Operations
The north entrance to Crater Lake National Park will close temporarily beginning at 10 PM on Sunday, August 16, 2015, to allow for fire line preparation and burn out operations related to the Crescent Fire. The precautionary closure is being put into effect to facilitate fire operations and provide for the safety of firefighters and park visitors.
May 13, 2015
Park Entrance Fees Increase Beginning May 15
Starting on May 15th, Crater Lake National Park will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park.
April 24, 2015
Tourism to Crater Lake National Park Creates Over $61 Million in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that over 535,000 visitors to Crater Lake National Park in 2014 spent close to $45 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 769 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of over $61 million.
January 16, 2015
Park Presented Governor's Film Advocate Award
In a ceremony on January 6, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, Crater Lake Superintendent Craig Ackerman accepted the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television Film Advocate Award on behalf of all staff for their contributions to advancing the film and television industry in the state.
November 20, 2014
Park Proposes Entrance Fee Increases
Crater Lake National Park is considering increases in entrance fees based on new standards being implemented for national parks across the country. Under the proposal Crater Lake would be placed into a tier that includes most major national parks.
September 19, 2014
Founders Day Fire Update
The Founders Day Fire, which was discovered on August 25th, has benefited from continuous planning and analysis from fire management and ecology staff from throughout the southern Oregon and Northern California region.
September 10, 2014
Two Active Fires at Crater Lake National Park
Two fires are currently burning in the park - the Caldera Fire and the Founders Day Fire. There are no road or trail closures associated with the fires burning within the park.Smoke from the Caldera and Founders Day Fires is minimal and is not impacting park operations.
August 08, 2014
Park Announces Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
Crater Lake National Park and the northwest geographic area have experienced extremely high levels of fire activity during July and early August.Prolonged drought conditions combined with abundant lightning has resulted in numerous large fires.These extreme conditions have resulted in an early onset of fire season and 4 to 6 additional weeks of high fire potential are anticipated for the remainder of the 2014 season.
August 05, 2014
Park Rangers Seek Information on Pacific Crest Trail Hiker
Crater Lake National Park Rangers are seeking information on an individual who was involved in a Search and Rescue incident within the park starting on August 1, 2014.They are also trying to ascertain the welfare of the individual following the incident.On August 1st rangers responded to an area along the west rim north of Discovery Point adjacent to the Rim Trail for an individual who was observed to have fallen from the caldera rim surrounding Crater Lake.The man was reported to have disappeared in the trees on the slope at that location.
June 18, 2014
Crater Lake National Park Announces Vehicle-Free Dates on East Rim Drive
Crater Lake National Park Superintendent Craig Ackerman announced today that sections of the park will be open for non-motorized traffic only June 21-22. For those who need a bit more time to plan, he also announced the Second Annual Vehicle-Free days at Crater Lake will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 27. The park plans to preserve every third and fourth Saturday in September as an annual opportunity to highlight non-motorized use of the park and will open for some time in June, depending on snow pack.
May 22, 2014
North Entrance to Open at Crater Lake National Park
The North Entrance Road in Crater Lake National Park will open for travel Friday afternoon, May 23, 2014 – just in time for the holiday weekend. Superintendent Craig Ackerman announced that visitors will now be able to drive to and from the park via this popular route and access spectacular views of the lake from West Rim Drive. This is a very early opening for Crater Lake's North Entrance. Warm temperatures and a low snow pack have resulted in a greatly accelerated spring opening this year.
May 07, 2014
Snowshoe Hiker Missing at Crater Lake
CRATER LAKE, OREGON – Rangers at Crater Lake National Park are searching for a missing snowshoe hiker last seen on Monday, April 28. The park received a report of a missing visitor on Wednesday morning April 30. The report indicated that the visitor had arrived at the park two days earlier, rented snowshoes from the park concessioner, and set off to hike and take photos.
March 21, 2014
Trail Management Plan Public Scoping
Crater Lake National Park invites your participation in public scoping for the forthcoming Crater Lake National Park Trail Management Plan (TMP). The scoping will focus on objectives of a TMP that evaluates recreational trends, identifies appropriate opportunities and develops a comprehensive trail network that facilitates alternative experiences to enhance visitor understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of park values while preserving those values unimpaired.
December 12, 2013
Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks Begin at Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park is pleased to announce that our popular ranger-guided snowshoe walks are about to begin for the 2013-2014 winter season. The walks will start this weekend and will be offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. through April 27, 2013. Walks will also be offered daily from Thursday, December 26 through Wednesday, January 1.
December 11, 2013
Park Announces 2014 Artist-in-Residence Program
The Crater Lake National Park Science & Learning Center announced today that it accepting applications for the 2014 Artist-in-Residence program at the park. Application forms and more information are available online at https://www.nps.gov/crla/slc.htm and are due by February 1, 2014.
August 20, 2013
Crater Lake National Park Announces Inaugural Vehicle-Free Weekend
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.
July 10, 2013
Crater Lake Announces Annual Art Show
Art on the Rim, the 4th annual art show to be held at Crater Lake National Park, is scheduled for July 13th and 14th at the Rim Village Community House from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days. The artwork featured was created by the park's recent Artists-in-Residence. The park Artist-in-Residence program, which draws from artists across the country, was launched four years ago.
June 20, 2013
EAST RIM ROAD OPENS FOR NON-MOTORIZED RECREATION
Due to the season's early snowmelt, Crater Lake National Park Superintendent Craig Ackerman today announced an agreement with Travel Oregon and Cycle Oregon to open East Rim Drive circling Crater Lake to non-motorized traffic, providing a rare experience for visitors to enjoy the park on foot or on bike the weekend of June 22 and 23.
February 26, 2013
Crater Lake and Oregon Caves Tourism Creates Local Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 76,194 visitors to Oregon Caves National Monument spent $3,848,000 in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 59 jobs in the local area. The report also shows that the 423,551 visitors to Crater Lake National Park spent $34,688,000 in communities surrounding the park, supporting 565 jobs.
November 29, 2012
2013 Artists-in-Residence Program
The Crater Lake National Park Science & Learning Center announced today that it accepting applications for the 2013 Artist-in-Residence program at the park. Application forms and more information are available online at https://www.nps.gov/crla/slc.htm and are due by February 1, 2013.
November 20, 2012
Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks Begin at Park
Crater Lake National Park is pleased to announce that our popular ranger-guided snowshoe walks are about to begin for the 2012-2013 winter season.The walks will start this weekend (November 24 /25) and will be offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. through April 28, 2013.
November 20, 2012
Crater Lake Ski Patrol is Seeking Volunteers
The Crater Lake Ski Patrol is seeking skilled volunteers to collaborate with the park staff to provide information to visitors, maintain winter trails, and assist park rangers with emergency and search and rescue incidents.
August 28, 2012
Threat of Invasive Species to Temporarily Close Crater Lake to Scuba
To prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into the pristine waters of Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park has issued an immediate, but temporary closure, prohibiting scuba diving and other use of water gear in the lake.
June 12, 2012
North Entrance Road Opens 2012
The North Entrance Road opened June 11th for the 2012 summer season.
May 17, 2012
Annular Solar Eclipse at Crater Lake
Celebrate the Annular Solar Eclipse at Crater Lake National Park.
May 16, 2012
Thanking America's Armed Forces
As a show of our appreciation for America's Armed Forces, the National Park Service will begin issuing a free annual pass for active duty military members and their dependents.
March 01, 2012
National Parks Equal Visitors Money Jobs
According to an annual visitor spending analysis from Michigan State University, national parks bring the national and local economies visitors, spending and jobs.
December 01, 2011
Crater Lake National Park Announces 2012 Artist-in-Residence Program
Crater Lake National Park is accepting applications until February 1, 2012, for the 2012 Artist-in-Residence program.
November 23, 2011
Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks to Begin This Weekend at Crater Lake National Park
Ranger-guided snowshoe walks to begin this weekend at Crater Lake National Park.
October 27, 2011
Crater Lake National Park Rim Drive Closes for the Season
The Rim Drives and North Entrance Road at Crater Lake National Park will close for the season on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.
September 02, 2011
Lightning Ignites Wildfires at Crater Lake National Park
Lightning started fires are burning in Crater Lake National Park and have caused some trail closures.
July 24, 2011
Rim Drive Opens at Crater Lake National Park
The 33-mile Rim Drive around Crater Lake is now open for the summer season.
July 13, 2011
Park Rangers Rescue Man at Crater Lake - UPDATE
Update on the condition of a man who fell into the caldera of Crater Lake.
July 11, 2011
Park Rangers Rescue Man from the Crater Lake Caldera
Park Rangers rescued a man after he fell in the Crater Lake caldera from the Sinnott Memorial Overlook.
July 09, 2011
Construction Begins on Cleetwood Cove Bulkhead
This summer, work is underway to replace the bulkhead at Cleetwood Cove. The bulkhead is the structure that holds the boat docks in place and is critical for boat research and tour operations. It was originally constructed in the 1960s and can no longer be relied upon.
June 29, 2011
Summer Art Show and Fall Artist-in-Residence Program
The 2nd annual Art Show, Art on the Rim, is scheduled for July 9 and 10 at the Rim Village Community House. Applications for the Fall Artist-in-Residence program are due by July 15, 2011
June 29, 2011
North Entrance Road Opens at Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park's North Entrance Road and West Rim Drive opened for the summer season on June 24, 2011.
January 01, 2011
Road to Rim Reopens After Major Storms
Crater Lake National Park is pleased to announce the reopening of the road to Rim Village.
December 03, 2010
Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks Resume
Crater Lake National Park is pleased to announce that our popular ranger-guided snowshoe walks are about to begin for the 2010-2011 winter season. The walks will take place every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. from December 4 through April.
October 25, 2010
Rim Drive Closes for the Season
Rim Drive and the North Entrance are now closed for the season due to snow and icy conditions. The South and West Entrances to Crater Lake National Park remain open to visitor traffic year round.
October 13, 2010
Prescribed Fire Planned
Fire managers at Crater Lake National Park are monitoring weather, fuels, and smoke management forecasts in anticipation of implementing the Upper Panhandle prescribed fire starting as early as Friday, October 15.
September 22, 2010
Successful Helicopter Operation Renives Vegucke Oarts frin Crater Lake
Helicopter operations safely removed automobile parts and associated debris within the caldera of Crater Lake that resulted from the 9/11/2010 auto mishap near North Junction.
September 19, 2010
Only Second Automobile to Tumble into Crater Lake
The 2003 Volkswagen Passat that tumbled to the shore of Crater Lake last Saturday evening was only the second automobile to ever do so.
September 16, 2010
Automobile mishap leads to 1,100 foot tumble into Crater Lake, but no injuries.
August 27, 2010
Phoenix & Williams Ridge Wildfires
Interagency fire crews and engines continue to manage the Phoenix Wildland Fire burning an estimated 350 acres in Crater Lake National Park, with about 30 to 50 of those acres on the Fremont-Winema National Forests.
February 07, 2010
Lost Skiers Rescued
Crater Lake National Park Service Rangers launched a Search and Rescue Mission for three overdue cross country skiers early Wednesday. Park Rangers and members of the Ski Patrol found the skiers and assisted them back to the Headquarters Area.
May 12, 2008
Crater Lake National Park Announces No Increase in Entrance Fees in 2008
Crater Lake Superintendent Craig Ackerman has announced that Park entrance fees will remain unchanged for 2008. An increase in fees that had been under consideration has been cancelled for the immediate future.
March 03, 2008
Craig Ackerman Selected as Crater Lake National Park Superintendent
Craig Ackerman is the newly appointed superintendent of Crater Lake National Park, said National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today. Ackerman replaces Chuck Lundy who retired at the end of last year.
August 24, 2006
Crater Lake Science and Learning Center Grand Opening
The new Crater Lake Science and Learning Center will celebrate its grand opening on Friday August 25.