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Cashless fee system starts Jan. 1 at Crater Lake

Llao Rock rises behind Wizard Island on a winter day at Crater Lake National Park. [David Smigelski/Mail Tribune]

Beginning Jan. 1, Crater Lake National Park will transition to a fully cashless fee system and accept only mobile or electronic payments for entrance and permit fees.

Park officials said acceptable payment forms will include credit and debit cards as well payment apps on mobile devices. Passes for Crater Lake National Park can be purchased in advance at Recreation.gov. The America the Beautiful Pass, which is good at all national park sites and other federal land areas, also is available at the USGS Store.

Entrance fees collected at Crater Lake, Lava Beds National Monument, Oregon Caves National Monument and other National Park Service areas are, according to a statement from NPS regional officials, “an important source of revenue used to improve the visitor experience in national parks, including road and facility repairs and maintenance, trail improvements, installation of accessible exhibits, visitor and resource protection services and more.”

According to a news release, “Moving to a cashless system allows parks to be better stewards of visitor dollars by reducing the amount of time park staff spend managing cash, increasing the amount of fee revenue available to support critical projects and visitor services and improving accountability and reducing risk.”