Crater Lake 'digging out' after being buried in feet of fresh snow

The National Park remains open, though visitors are asked to drive with caution on the snow-covered highways and roads.

Posted: Jan 18, 2020 2:24 PM

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — The staff at Crater Lake National Park say they are "digging out" after getting dumped on with almost seven feet of fresh snow during the recent winter storms.

Many of the highways around the park — including Highway 62 north of Prospect — were closed this week while road crews worked to clear piled snow and downed trees. The approach to the park from Highway 97 remained open, however.

Highway 62 has since been completely reopened.

"While there is still snow in the forecast, the amounts are much smaller for the next week," park officials said. "ODOT was able to clear the downed trees on Hwy 62 West, so the park is again accessible from both the west and the south."

Within Crater Lake National Park, the road up to Rim Village remained closed as of Friday evening while the park's road crew worked to clear the deep snow.

"If you choose to visit the park, please use caution when driving as the roads are snow-packed and icy, which is typical for this time of year," Crater Lake NP said.

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