In these strange and uncertain times, outdoor adventures are more appealing and popular than ever. Being outdoors is a great way to get out of the house while being able to socially distance. Sometimes popular locations can be overwhelmed with visitors though. Crowds can overwhelm limited services, put immense pressure on fragile environments, and can create an indifference for rules that are in place to keep everyone safe. Sadly, this has become the situation at Crater Lake National Park recently. Roseburg is a gateway to Crater Lake for many visitors in the area, so please take care of the environment while visiting the Umpqua Valley and Crater Lake.

Why it’s important to keep Crater Lake Blue

Crater Lake’s deep blue color is a result of rain and snow being collected in the lake while having no other body of water flow into the lake, keeping it pristine. The lake’s deep blue color has existed for thousands and thousands of years. For this reason, Crater Lake is extremely vulnerable to pollution. Our favorite destination could turn into a murky pool of sludge with garbage being thrown into the lake, and the likelihood of algae or an invasive species being introduced.

Keep Crater Lake Blue

Travel Southern Oregon has provided some things to keep in mind when visiting Crater Lake National Park to keep it unspoiled for future generations.

  • The park is operating with significantly fewer staff this year. Please be patient and kind.
  • Crowding is occurring at popular trails, parking lots and indoor facilities — bring your face covering.
  • The lake can only be accessed at Cleetwood Cove Trail.
  • Excessive trash has become a problem. Pack out everything you bring.
  • Stay on all marked paths and trails.
  • Many facilities, including restrooms, are closed.
  • Watercraft — including inflatable rafts and SUPs — and off-leash dogs are not allowed.
  • If visitors don’t follow posted rules and regulations, facilities and popular sites may close.
  • Please enjoy this natural wonder responsibly. Your cooperation will allow us to keep Crater Lake open and its unique beauty undamaged for current and future generations.

Many of these apply not only to Crater Lake, but anytime spent outside in Oregon. No one wants to be personally responsible for altering the landscape permanently or have to pick up someone else’s garbage along the North Umpqua Trail or see trash at the bottom of any body of water. We look forward to your visit, but let’s make sure it stays in the same condition for future visits.