Crater Lake North entrance opens earlier than usual

The North Entrance road to Crater lake National Park is now open for travel.

Superintendent Chuck Lundy announced that visitors can now drive to and from Crater Lake via this popular route.

This is the earliest opening of the North entrance in over a decade and three weeks ahead of normal opening, and results from a combination of below average winter snows, a warm and sunny May and the determined efforts of the Park Service snow removal crews.

Steel Visitor center in Munson Valley will be open and staffed by Park Rangers, Interpreters and the Natural History Association staff. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dates and hours of concession facilities are:

Crater Lake Lodge- Open

Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room- Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mazama Campground- Open June 15 (weather permitting)

Mazama Village Motor Inn- Open June 1

Mazama Village Gas Station- Open noon to 5 p.m.

Mazama Village Store - Open noon to 5 p.m.

Annie Creek Restaurant and Gift Shop - Open June —

Community House Gift Shop Rim- Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rim Village Caf&

233; and Gifts- Open July 2

For lodging reservations call, 888 774-2728; for general concession information call, 541 594-2255

Drivers are encouraged to use caution on the road as early season weather and road conditions should all be factored into a safe visit to the park. With several feet of snow still covering much of the park, visitors should be aware of potential hazards such as slippery snow patches, falling rocks, and ice patches on roads at night and in early morning hours. Steep snowfields still exist at many of the overlooks along Rim Drive, and visitors should use extreme caution to prevent falls, which can cause serious injury or death. Because of the hazardous terrain that exists in the caldera surrounding Crater Lake, travel below the rim is prohibited at all times. It is expected that Rim Drive around Crater Lake will open early July.

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