Most of the park's roads, trails, and facilities are currently open. However, some closures and restrictions are in effect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alerts & Conditions
Level 1 Evacuation Notice for Mazama Village Effective at 1:00 PM, August 27The Level 1 notice informs residents and visitors to “be ready” for a potential evacuation of Mazama Village if the Blanket Creek Fire approaches this area. Rim Village, park headquarters, and other areas in the park are not affected by this notice.
North Entrance and East Rim Drive are Temporarily ClosedThe North Entrance Road and East Rim Drive have been closed since Tuesday morning due to hazardous conditions (snow and ice). We do not know when they will reopen; it will depend on the weather. Highway 62 and the road to Rim Village are open 24 hours.
West Rim Drive Closed on Weekdays for Road ConstructionThis month, the park's West Rim Drive will be open on weekends but closed on weekdays for road construction. It will close each Sunday at 9 pm and reopen each Friday at 4 pm.
Last updated: September 19, 2017