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Update on campground closures in Newberry Caldera


The Deschutes National Forest will be closing Cinder Hill and Little Crater Campgrounds, including the boat launches, day use areas and trailheads in those recreation sites, next Monday for Shield project operations.

Sections of the Newberry Crater Trail (3958 and 3953) and Paulina Lakeshore Loop (3955) adjacent to the campgrounds will also be temporarily closed. Little Crater Campground will reopen to first-come first-serve camping when operations are complete in the next week or two.

The public is reminded that operators are working with large equipment, cutting and moving trees, and cannot see people or dogs walking through the area and may not be able to prevent an accident. For both public and operator safety, please respect all signed closures. Visitors may also hear noise from operations in nearby areas.

East Lake Campground, including the boat launch and all day use, remains closed as operations in the campground continue. Chief Paulina Horse Camp and the adjacent section of Newberry Crater Trail are currently closed while a parking renovation project is underway. The trail will reopen after operations are complete in the next week.

Visitors are reminded that East Lake Resort, Paulina Lake Lodge and Paulina Lake Campground/Boat Launch will all remain open until the end of the September.

The Shield project is removing trees exhibiting signs of future failure from insect infestation and disease from recreation sites and roadsides in Newberry Caldera. Continuing through the fall some campgrounds, recreation sites and trails in Newberry National Volcanic Monument will be temporarily closed for operators to safely remove marked trees. Newberry Group Camp has switched to first-come first-serve campsites until Sept. 21, when it will close for the season.

The Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a special place and care has been taken to complete this work in a timely manner, the agency said The goal of the Deschutes National Forest is to maintain the beauty of the Caldera and the health of our forest so visitors can enjoy this natural wonder long into the future. For more information on this project, visit:

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