Emergency Closure of Two Backcountry Campsites

Emergency Closure of Two Backcountry Campsites

Crater Lake, Ore. – Dutton Creek and Red Cone campsites, located along the Pacific Crest Trail in Crater Lake National Park, have been closed to public use by the park superintendent due to a significant number of hazardous trees that threaten those areas.

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Campfires Permitted Only in Designated Areas at Crater Lake National Park

Campfires Permitted Only in Designated Areas at Crater Lake National Park

CRATER LAKE, Ore. – Campfires are no longer permitted in the backcountry at Crater Lake National Park. This change comes with the annual update of the Superintendent’s Compendium, a document that details park specific rules and regulations.

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North Entrance Road Opens at Crater Lake National Park

North Entrance Road Opens at Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake, OR - The North Entrance Road and West Rim Drive in Crater Lake National Park will open for travel on Saturday morning, June 15, 2019. 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.

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Snow Blankets Region, 24-Hour Snow Totals

Snow Blankets Region, 24-Hour Snow Totals

Tuesday’s storm brought wet heavy snow to much of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Measurable snow was seen as far south as Cottonwood, California, 11 miles south of Redding.

For much of the Tuesday night into mid-day Wednesday, Interstate 5 was closed to semi trucks at the Oregon-California boarder to just north of Redding. Vehicles were allowed through if they met certain winter weather criteria (such as caring or using chains).

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Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues to Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect America’s National Monuments from Unlawful Attacks

Merkley, Wyden Join Colleagues to Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect America’s National Monuments from Unlawful Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress to introduce legislation protecting America’s treasured national monuments against the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on public lands. The America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2019 reinforces Congress’ clear intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: Only Congress has the authority to modify a national monument designation. 

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Photo Story: The Calm Before the Storm, Crater Lake NP

Photo Story: The Calm Before the Storm, Crater Lake NP

Over the weekend it is forecasted that Crater Lake National Park can receive up to 18 inches of new snow during the upcoming storm. The extended forecast from the National Weather Service Office in Medford, Ore. also shows that today may be the last day for sunshine for some time. With that info, I took advantage of an opportunity to get out of the newsroom and use my snowshoes.

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Crater Lake Hospitality Announces New Winter Hours

Crater Lake Hospitality Announces New Winter Hours

Crater Lake, OR – Crater Lake Hospitality announced today that it will resume operations at the Rim Village Café and Gift Shop on Saturday, February 2, 2019.  The Rim Café has been closed since December 23, 2018 when winter weather required the closure of park roads during the recent lapse in appropriations.  Crater Lake National Park has now resumed normal operations and the road to Rim Village has reopened.

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Crater Lake NP to Re-Open Monday

Crater Lake NP to Re-Open Monday

Crater Lake, Ore. – With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Crater Lake National Park will resume regular operations on Monday, January 28, 2019. After 35 days of closure, time is needed to clear roadways, repair leaks, open restrooms and other facilities, check fire alarm systems, and ensure that the park is safe for visitors.

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Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks To Start This Weekend

Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks To Start This Weekend

Crater Lake, Ore. – Crater Lake National Park has announced that the popular ranger-guided snowshoe walks are about to begin for the 2018-19 winter season.

The walks will take place on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from December 8 through April 28. They will also be offered daily from December 15 through January 6, except on Christmas Day. Snowshoes are provided free of charge for these hikes, and no previous snowshoeing experience is necessary.

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Crater Lake Offers a Digital Payment Option for Entrance Fees

Crater Lake Offers a Digital Payment Option for Entrance Fees

CRATER LAKE, OR – Beginning Saturday, December 1, Crater Lake National Park offers visitors an on-line option to pay park entrance fees with no additional costs. The seven-day vehicle, motorcycle or individual pass along with the $50 Crater Lake National park annual pass will be available for purchase any time before visiting the park.  

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Prescribed Burns Planned for Crater Lake National Park

Prescribed Burns Planned for Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park, OR - Crater Lake National Park will conduct a prescribed pile burning along North Entrance Road and Highway 62 West in the coming days. Fire crews will ignite the piles when conditions such as weather, fuel moisture, and smoke dispersal are favorable.  

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Winter Fees and Road Closures at Crater Lake National Park

Winter Fees and Road Closures at Crater Lake National Park

CRATER LAKE, OR – On November 1st, the park will begin charging its winter entrance fee.  The fee is $15 per car or motorcycle and $10 per person. It is good for 7 days, and will be collected at the Annie Creek Entrance Station or the backcountry office at park headquarters. 

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Crater Lake National Park Rescinds Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Crater Lake National Park Rescinds Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

CRATER LAKE, OREGON – The fire danger level within Crater Lake National Park has dropped from high to moderate due to recent moisture and predicted cooler temperatures. Klamath-Lake District Oregon Department of Forestry is also declaring an end to fire season in this area. Effective October 12, 2018 at 12:01 am, Crater Lake National Park will lift the fire restrictions implemented on July 13, 2018.

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Missing Klamath County Man Survives Three Nights in Freezing Temps, Heavy Rain Lost Near Crater Lake NP

Missing Klamath County Man Survives Three Nights in Freezing Temps, Heavy Rain Lost Near Crater Lake NP

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office responded on Thursday, October 4 to the report of a missing 56-year-old man who went mushroom picking in an area near the base of the eastern slope of Mt. Scott. The man, identified as Marty Holloway, was reported by family members after he failed to check in with them. The family had located Mr. Holloway’s vehicle and discovered that he left his phone and jacket in it, and worried that he was not prepared to stay out in the elements.

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One Person Dies in Single Vehicle Crash on Hwy 62 near Crater Lake

One Person Dies in Single Vehicle Crash on Hwy 62 near Crater Lake

On Friday, September 28, 2018 at approximately 2:29 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 62 at milepost 58 near the entrance to Crater Lake National Park.

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Wildfire Update: Timber Crater 6

Wildfire Update: Timber Crater 6

Crater Lake National Park, OR: Northwest Incident Management Team 9 (Incident Commander Brian Goff) took command of the Timber Crater 6 Fire at 6 a.m. today. The fire is actively burning in mixed conifer in the remote northeast corner of Crater Lake National Park. This is one of several fires ignited by lightning in and around the Park on Sunday, July 15. Other fires are being managed by other incident management teams and local resources.

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North Entrance Road to Open at Crater Lake National Park

North Entrance Road to Open at Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake, OR - The North Entrance Road and West Rim Drive in Crater Lake National Park will open for travel Friday afternoon, May 25, 2018 – 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.

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Tourism to Crater Lake National Park Creates $59.9 Million in Economic Benefits

Tourism to Crater Lake National Park Creates $59.9 Million in Economic Benefits

Crater Lake, OR – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that almost 712,000 visitors to Crater Lake in 2017 spent $59.9 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 981 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $80.6 million.

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