Alerts & Conditions

Alerts

Park Closure

  • Alert 1 , Severity ,closure ,, West Rim Drive is Closed The West Rim Drive is currently closed to cars due to snow. We don't know when it will reopen. It is open to hikers, bicyclists, and pets on leash. (The road is clear, but only one lane wide in places.) All other park roads & entrances are open 24 hours.
  • Alert 2 , Severity ,closure ,, North Entrance and East Rim Drive are Open The park's North Entrance and East Rim are now open. They were closed Tuesday through Friday due to snow. Please disregard the road information on our "Current Conditions" webpage. Due to software upgrades, we are unable to update that page at this time.


Most of the park's roads, trails, and facilities are currently open. However, some closures and restrictions are in effect.

Roads
The park's North Entrance and Rim Drive have been closed since Tuesday, September 19 due to snow and ice. They may be reopening on Friday, September 22 or Saturday, September 23. Please call 541-594-3100 for updates. Unfortunately, we won't be able to update this website until Saturday afternoon due to scheduled maintenance.

This month, the West Rim Drive will be open on weekends, but closed for construction on weekdays. It will close each Sunday at 9 pm and reopen each Friday at 4 pm. For more information about this closure, see our news release.

Trails
Many trails west of the lake are temporarily closed due to potentially hazardous conditions created by the Spruce Lake and Blanket Creek Fires. These trails are: the Boundary Springs Trail, the Union Peak Trail, the Stuart Falls Trail, the Pumice Flat Trail, the Bert Creek Trail, the Lightning Springs Trail, the Bald Crater Loop, and the Pacific Crest Trail between the park's south boundary and the North Entrance Road (except for the short segment between Highway 62 and the Dutton Creek Trail).

The Annie Creek Canyon Trail is also closed. The trail and its footbridges were damaged by snow last winter.

Smoky Skies
Lightning on July 24 ignited several fires in and around the park. Smoke from these fires has been causing hazy skies, reduced visibility, and poor air quality on certain days, especially when winds have been blowing from the west. To check the visibility at Rim Village, view our webcam. For more information about smoke levels and air quality at Crater Lake and throughout Oregon, go to http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

The Spruce Lake and Blanket Creek Fires are being managed with a full suppression strategy as part of the High Cascades Complex. Detailed information and fire maps are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5503/. For additional information, contact the Crater Lake Fire Information Office at 541-238-7058 between 6 am and 10 pm daily.

Facilities
Lost Creek Campground has no running water this year. Campers will need to bring their own water and use portapotties. Campfires are not allowed, but gas grills and propane stoves are permitted.

Fire Restrictions
This summer, the park has experienced above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation. To ensure public safety and protect park resources, backcountry campfires are currently prohibited. Wood fires are allowed only at Mazama Campground and the Rim Village Picnic Area. Gas grills and propane stoves are still allowed parkwide.


Other roads, trails, and facilities can close temporarily during snow storms. For example, snow on July 10, 2016 cancelled all boat tours for the day. Before visiting, be sure to check the weather forecast.

Weather & Visibility
The National Weather Service provides the most accurate weather forecast for the park. To find out if the lake is visible right now, view our webcam at Rim Village. For current weather observations (temperature, wind speed, and snow depth at Park Headquarters), visit the website that hosts our weather station data.

Last updated: September 22, 2017

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Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604

Phone:

(541) 594-3000

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