Crater Lake; Rim Drive opens today – July 11, 2008

Crater Lake; Rim Drive opens today

Herald and News

Klamath Falls, Oregon
July 11, 2008

BY Lee Juillerat


People wanting to drive the entire distance around Crater Lake National Park’s 33-mile-long Rim Drive can do so beginning today.

The road’s opening was delayed because of heavier than normal snow pack and a series of rock falls. The road around the lake offers several places for people to get lake vistas.

The road’s opening also means lake tours are starting for the season. Four concession-operated Volcano Boat Cruises, all with park naturalists, are being offered and more may be added. Because of the reduced number of tours, people should arrive at the ticket office at the Cleetwood Cove trailhead along Rim Drive an hour or more before tours. From the parking area, it’s a 1.1 mile hike to the lake.

Wizard Island drop

One tour per day will allow people to be dropped off on Wizard Island and continue the boat tour later in the day.

The cost for tours is $26 for adults, $15.50 for youth age 3-11 and free for children 2 and younger who sit on a parent’s lap.

Also opening today is Lost Creek Campground, where the daily fee is $10. Lost Creek is open only for tents. Mazama Campground opened earlier this summer. Mazama fees are $19 for tents, $22 for recreational vehicles and $25 for RVs with electrical hookups

For information about reservations at Mazama Campground, the Mazama Village Cabins and Crater Lake Lodge call toll-free (888) 774-2728. For general concession information, call 594-2255.

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