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Explore the Depths of Crater Lake

May 24, 2011, 9:31 am
Located in the heart of Southern Oregon, Crater Lake National Park is a must-see for any fan of the outdoors. Named for the deepest lake in the country, the park encompasses dazzling Crater Lake and the surrounding mountains. With hiking trails through pines and hemlock forests, the park is ...

Species Spotlight: American Badger

May 24, 2011, 9:05 am
Often lumped in with weasels and rodents, badgers are often misunderstood creatures. Badgers have short, muscular legs that are extremely powerful and used for digging deep into the earth. The animals use their burrows for both shelter and protection. American badgers tend to be solitary animals and are most ...

Hiking to Seven 8,000-foot points on Crater Lake rim

September 13, 2010, 9:49 am
Want a new way to experience Crater Lake? By all means, drive 33-mile Rim Drive around the lake, stopping at the many viewpoints. But also take time for some hikes. Some unusual hikes. Oregon's only full-service national park has some absolutely stunning perches to take in views of Wizard Island, the Phantom ...

Photos of Crater Lake National Park boat tour

September 13, 2010, 9:47 am
Terry Richard of The Oregonian has posted photos of his recent adventure on the  Crater Lake boat tour. As the photos show, it's an experience not to be missed! View the slideshow at ...

Fall Deals at National Park Lodges

September 10, 2010, 8:04 am
With shorter days signaling the end of summer, fewer daylight hours present an opportunity to visit many of our national parks without the crowds that are the hallmark of summer vacation. The national park shoulder season offer a quieter and slower-paced atmosphere but you wont have to sacrifice the ...

More people visited Crater Lake, Lava Beds this summer

October 12, 2009, 7:48 am
Crater Lake National Park and Lava Beds National Monument saw more visitors this year compared to last year.Crater Lake National Park spokesman Michael Justin said the number of visitors in July and August increased from 267,000 in 2008 to 304,000 in the same months this year. September visitor numbers ...

Wilderness proposed to fend off Crater Lake encroachments

August 7, 2009, 9:03 am
Several environmental groups are proposing a new wilderness area blanketing Crater Lake National Park and stretching some 75 miles from Crescent Lake south to Highway 140 at Fish Lake.The proposed Crater Lake Wilderness, covering some 450,000 acres, would ensure the "quiet beauty" of Crater Lake would be protected, and ...

Decision on Crater Lake helicopter tours will take years to make

August 4, 2009, 11:27 am
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A company wants to fly helicopter tours over Crater Lake National Park, but the Federal Aviation Administration says it will take "several years" to consider the proposal.Managers of the nation's deepest and clearest lake want to see whether flights will significantly disrupt one of the ...

Crews fight rash of lightning blazes

August 4, 2009, 11:12 am
Intense lightning over the weekend continues to keep fire crews on the lookout for new blazes.With thousands of lightning strikes across the region Saturday and Sunday, fires were sparked on state and private land, national forests, Crater Lake National Park and even in a Medford garage.Five new forest fires ...

Crews attack one fire near Crater Lake, let another burn

July 20, 2009, 2:10 pm
The 143-acre Whitney fire, burning about 10 miles north of Crater Lake near the Umpqua National Forest boundary, had apparently smouldered for two weeks before exploding to life on Friday, when it mushroomed by about 100 acres.The fire is about 70 percent contained by a fire line, and full ...

Secrets of the Phantom Ship

March 16, 2009, 8:22 am
When it comes to pioneering research on the formation of Crater Lake, world-famous volcanologist Howel Williams has long towered among earth-science experts.His definitive 1941 treatise "The Geology of Crater Lake National Park" is the geological bible for many studying the creation of the nation's deepest lake.But two Southern Oregon ...

Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks Being Offered at Crater Lake

December 9, 2008, 8:27 am
Crater Lake National Park is pleased to announce that our popular ranger-guided snowshoe walks are about to resume for the 2008-2009 winter season. The walks will start on Saturday, November 29, and will be offered every weekend through April of ...

Crater Lake Treks Set for Weekends

December 4, 2008, 11:51 am
Free ranger-guided snowshoe walks will be offered every weekend through April at Crater Lake National Park, where officials claim the park is one of the snowiest inhabited places in the ...

Clear the Air: 'It's Fogging Hard' instead of Raining

December 2, 2008, 9:07 am
The last day of November felt like a month's worth of fog settled over the Medford airport. At the end of one of the foggiest Novembers in recent memory, Horizon Air had to cancel nine flights into or out of Medford. Air traffic returned to normal by mid-day Monday as ...

Middle Fork Blaze Heads Toward Crater Lake

September 19, 2008, 9:45 am
A fire burning east of Prospect nearly doubled in size in a day and is burning into Crater Lake National Park, the Forest Service said Thursday. The Middle Fork fire grew to 13,895 acres, up from 7,770 acres Wednesday, as flames raged through the treetops along the fire's northern ...