2015 Visitation to Crater Lake National Park Highest in 25 Years

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Date: January 29, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Evans, 541-594-3002

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, since the park first implemented modern tracking methods. Higher visitation is partly the result of low snow levels in 2014 and early 2015, which allowed the park to open facilities and roads earlier in the spring than usual. In addition, the National Park Foundation’s “Find Your Park” media campaign has sparked interest from travelers and from communities near national parks, state tourism agencies, and Congress. The park’s travel and tourism partners, including Travel Oregon, Travel Southern Oregon, and Discover Klamath, also have contributed to increased visitation through their targeted efforts featuring Crater Lake.

The increase in visitation to Crater Lake National Park paralleled the record-breaking numbers reported by the National Park Service as a whole. More than 305 million people visited national parks in 2015, eclipsing the all-time visitation record for the National Park Service in the previous year. The unofficial visitation numbers for 2015 were announced by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, as the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial year in 2016.

“The increased visitation to Crater Lake National Park and across the national park system confirms the value these places have to the American people. In a year when the National Park Service turns 100, these numbers are reminders that the national parks serve to create lasting memories for individuals and families through their enjoyment of and deep connection to these special places,” Crater Lake Superintendent Craig Ackerman said. “The parks also bolster the economies of local communities.”

High visitation tests the capacity of our park to provide a great experience for all visitors. Crater Lake National Park is working to ensure we have engaging ranger programs and staff available to answer visitor questions and to keep restrooms, campgrounds, and other facilities clean. Congress recently provided an increase in funding for national parks for 2016. In addition, Congress is considering separate National Park Service Centennial legislation, which would further improve the national parks by encouraging philanthropy and volunteerism, while also allowing parks to improve visitor services and connect with a new generation of national park visitors.

Last updated: January 29, 2016

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