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National Park Service waives entrance fee in support of social distancing

The Rim Cafe and Gift Shop at Crater lake will remain open.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 6:05 AM
Updated: Mar 19, 2020 10:49 AM

CRATER LAKE, Ore. -- Crater Lake National Park has closed down its visitor center, fee stations and guided walks following Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt's anouncement to waive entrance fees to all national parks that remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.

Crater Lake National Park also said that it will stay open without entrance fees for the foreseeable future.

The Rim Cafe and Gift Shop at Crater lake will remain open.

Food from the cafe will be take-out only and cannot be eaten inside.

Visitors are advised to maintain social distancing while at the park.

Wednesday's announcement directed the National Park Service to the waive entrance fees in an effort to help public social distancing.

List of popular scenic national parks in Oregon (check if they are open before you go):

  • Columbia River Gorge national scenic area
  • John Day Fossil Beds national monument
  • Oregon Dunes national recreation area
  • Marys Peak scenic botanical area

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