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 Effective immediately, the Stage 1 fire restrictions implemented on July 31, 2016, are rescinded.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
Public Scoping - Invasive Vegetation Management Plan
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.
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.