'No one from the park service is here to say it's closed'

'No one from the park service is here to say it's closed'

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. - Visiting from Seattle, Joseph Terry planned to spend the day outside.

"I knew about the government shutdown. Had no idea about national parks," he said. "I had no idea about the closings. That doesn't really make any sense to me."

Terry wasn't alone.

"Well, we wanted to go up and tour Crater Lake, and as we rode down the road all the signs said open," Craig Schommer said. "No one from the park service is here to say it's closed."

A steady stream of visitors hit the "Road Closed" sign Tuesday.

Another 300 people stayed home, their jobs eliminated as part of the federal shutdown.

Only a couple snow plow drivers, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel will stay on the job.

So don't let the road signs fool you: Crater Lake - like much of the federal government - is closed.