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Low-Snow Year Enables Facilities to be up and Running Four Weeks Early
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, April 13, 2015 – Because snowfall in southern Oregon was so light this winter, the Cabins at Mazama Village and the Annie Creek Restaurant & Gift Shop in Crater Lake National Park will open April 24, well ahead of the scheduled May 22 date.
The Mazama Village Campground and camping store will open May 8. The campground is normally open starting mid-June.
“We are delighted we can begin serving our guests earlier usual this season,” said Mike Keller, general manager of Crater Lake Lodges. “This winter has been the driest on record, and we typically need to wait well into May for the snow to melt so that we can open facilities.”
Rates for cabins will be $144 per night this year. Located in a Lodgepole pine forest seven miles from the rim of Crater Lake, the cabins at Mazama Village feature one or two queen beds and a private bath. The Annie Creek Restaurant & Gift Shop will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily.
The Mazama Village Campground features 214 tent and RV sites, accommodating tents up to 12 feet by 12 feet and RVs up to 50 feet in length. Advance reservations may be made for a limited number of tent and RV sites. The remaining sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis at the campground.
Crater Lake Lodge on the rim – celebrating its 100th anniversary this year – will open on May 15. The 71-room lodge is known for its breathtaking views of Crater Lake and is considered one of the finest national park lodges in the Northwest.
Reservations at Mazama Village as well as Crater Lake Lodge may be made online atwww.craterlakelodges.com or by calling 1-888-774-2728 (888-774CRATER).
The 183,224-acre Crater Lake National Park was established in 1902 as the country’s fifth national park. The park was created to protect Crater Lake, located in the caldera that resulted from the collapse of a volcano. At 1,947 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest and clearest lake in the country. It is surrounded by lava walls 500 to 2,000 feet high.
The 10,443-square-foot Annie Creek Restaurant & Gift Shop opened in 2006. Prior to the construction of the Annie Creek Restaurant, visitors staying in a cabin or at the Mazama Village campground had to drive seven miles to Crater Lake Lodge in order to enjoy a full-service meal. Annie Creek Restaurant has 98 seats inside and 36 seats in the patio area. The restaurant features local favorites including burgers, chicken sandwiches, soups, a salad bar, and desserts. Wine and beer are also available.
The gift shop features apparel, collectibles and artwork reflecting the park’s geology, wildlife and flora and fauna as well as numerous regionally and locally created artwork and other products.
The restaurant is named for Annie Creek which runs adjacent to the Mazama Village area. The 19-year-old sister-in-law of the commander of nearby Fort Klamath, Annie Gaines accompanied a party of explorers from the fort and in 1865 became the first woman known to have descended the caldera walls to the shores of Crater Lake.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the country’s largest operator of national and state parks and resorts, operates the Crater Lake Lodge as well as the cabins at Mazama Village, Mazama Village Campground, Mazama Village Camper Store and Gas Station, Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room, Annie Creek Restaurant & Gift Shop, the Rim Village Café and Gift Shop and the Volcano Boat Cruises.###
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