at Crater Lake to reopen
Herald and News
Klamath Falls, Oregon
April 26, 2002
By LEE JUILLERAT
Limited services available beginning Wednesday
Visitors to Crater Lake National Park who have been hungering
for a bowl of chili or gift shop souvenirs should keep the
Limited services at the Rim Village cafe and retail shop will
reopen on Wednesday. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until later
in May, when hours will be extended for the summer season.
Crater Lake Lodge will reopen its 71 rooms and dining room on
park's concession services, held by Crater Lake Lodge, Inc.,
were shut down late last year when the long-time concessionaire
announced it was not applying for a new contract.
Earlier this year, Xanterra Parks and Resorts, a company
formerly known as Amfac Recreational Services, was awarded a
15-year contract. Xanterra is operating on an interim contract
until a settlement is reached with the former concessionaire on
the value of the operation.
Xanterra will handle lodging, boat tours, food service, the
Mazama Campground, service station and gift shop facilities.
"We're excited to be here," said Dominie Lenz, Xanterra at
Crater Lake's general manager.
Lenz said the new concessionaire will basically offer services
traditionally offered at the park. Additional services will be
offered as the snow melts. The Mazama Motor Inn, which has 40
motel type units, is tentatively scheduled to open June 7.
Lake boat tours should open June 26 with seven tours daily.
Prices will be announced.
Because of the closure of concession services at the rim,
beverages and snack food have been offered for the past several
months by the Crater Lake Natural History Association at the
Munson Valley visitor contact station.
Xanterra was one of four companies that applied for the
concession contract. A contract has not yet been signed.
As part of the bidding process, the company pledged to invest
$1.5 million for the construction of a new restaurant and gift
store away from the rim. The company also submitted an offer
that exceeded a minimum franchise fee of 3-1/2 percent. Eighty
percent of the fee will be returned to the park for visitor
The contract also calls for a stronger environmental management
program, including implementing a more rigorous recycling
program and additional safety measures for lake boat tours.
People wanting to make reservations for the lodge or motor inn
should call Xanterra's winter office in White City at (541)