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Government shutdown limits access to national parks

Access to Crater Lake is limited, remains technically open, but there will be almost no services, including search and rescue.

Posted: Dec. 27, 2018 6:45 AM
Updated: Dec. 27, 2018 6:46 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Access to Crater Lake and Mount Rainier national parks will be limited due to the government shutdown.

The Statesman Journal reports the lapse in federal funding prompted Crater Lake managers to close the visitor's center, cancel ranger-guided snowshoe trips and close the road to the lake's rim.

Mount Rainier has closed the road going to the popular winter recreation destination, Paradise.

Both places remain technically open but, as with most national parks and monuments, there will be almost no services, including search and rescue.

The federal government shutdown will impact the more than 400 national parks and monuments.

In Oregon, that includes John Day Fossil Beds and Oregon Caves national monuments, in addition to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

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