We had high hopes going to the Crater Lake in late August of 2017. What a disappointment. Wire fires started in late July, and got worse by late August. From the attached photos, you can tell there was not much to see near or at the Crater Lake. I asked several local people on separate occasions. They all told me that summertime IS the fire season. There will be smoky days every one or two years. Local people get to see the nice views when the weather is good. But for visitors like us, we were there just two days. We could have shifted the two days to somewhere else. Make sure you check the web cams on the nps website before you go.
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