CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — The federal government will shut down if an agreement is not reached by Monday night. If it happens, all national parks will close, including Crater Lake.
If the park does end up closing as a result of the shutdown, not only will guests not be allowed to come into the park, but also lodges and restaurants will close as well. Vehicles are still going in and out of the park entrance on Monday, but barricades could block their way on Tuesday if the shutdown happens.
Crater Lake will be one of 59 national parks closing indefinitely if the government shuts down. Most of the staff will be furloughed starting tomorrow, but a hand full of staff members will remain working for safety measures.
Guests staying at Crater Lake lodge or other resorts on the national park property will be allowed to stay at the resort 48 hours after closure. The McCulla’s traveled to Crater Lake from Virginia and say if they have to turn around and leave, they will be disappointed. Right now, they have no alternate plans or back up reservations elsewhere.
If the park does close, guests with reservations will be reimbursed. If there is a shutdown, services like the United States Postal Service and Social Security will still be up and running.