Crater Lake Institute

A free guide and library about Crater Lake National Park

Top photo: 2019, we purchased practice manikins for the Crater Lake Ski Patrol. Photo shows the 2018 Ski Patrol as they finish their yearly training. CLI also purchased a defibrillator training unit for the group as well. Helping friends help each other is what we’re about.
Park Vandalism: November 24, 2019, photo taken at the first pumice field about two miles above park Headquarters. There are nearby experiential plantings of whitebark pine here, and some may have been crushed beneath the tires. Pumice fields not places to drive as they represent what Mount Mazama looked like after the eruption 7700 years ago. This act of vandalism ruined our heritage – your heritage. To us, it’s the same as cutting an old-growth tree in Redwood National Park. Photo by Ron Mastrogiuseppe of CLI.

SLOW DOWN Crater Lake Visitors. This driver could easily have killed passengers in other cars waiting at the stop sign to enter Hwy. 62. Nov 28, 2019 . No tow trucks were available.
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Download the current park newspaper for Summer-Fall 2019


Obituary: Dr. Frank Lang, a contributor to Crater Lake Institute.
In his role as teacher and advocate for the natural world, Frank touched many lives. He will be remembered for his dry wit, irreverent sense of humor, and terrible puns.
Dr. Frank Lang

Ron from Crater Lake Institute spends time with visitors on the Rim at the Watchman. Photo by Owen Hoffman.

Crater Lake’s current weather at Mazama Village 6024′

Crater Lake
31°
Cloudy
07:2616:34 PST
Feels like: 23°F
Wind: 9mph SSE
Humidity: 100%
Pressure: 29.85"Hg
UV index: 0
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34/26°F
35/21°F

Long-term weather at Crater Lake

Monthly weather and climate at Crater Lake

Current snow depth at the Munson Valley weather station

Winter and Spring 2018-2019 Park Newspaper

Get started: Ranger Anne Spillane talks about Crater Lake.
Film thanks to finleyholiday.com

Three bears being fed by a member of the kitchen staff, another kitchen staffer in doorway of log structure, William G. Steel sitting looking on.

We have thousands of photos like this one. Those were the days: Caption: “Three bears being fed by a member of the kitchen staff, another kitchen staffer in doorway of log structure, William G. Steel sitting looking on”. And who is William Steel? Click here to find out about the man responsible for Crater Lake National Park instead of a bunch of high-rise condos overlooking Lake Trump !

Not William Steel, but another ‘old man’ who floats around the lake. Short film from CBS Sunday Morning by Connor Knighton

 

Over 1400 National Park Service photos are now online.

South Entrance Sign in Crater Lake NP, 2009 Dave Harrison
From the  NPS Focus collection, many of these Crater Lake images have never publicly been seen before.

Visiting? What to do at Crater Lake

We’ll help you with auto-touring, bicycling, hiking, camping, swimming, fishing and wildlife viewing – to name a few.
Snowshoe Hares at Crater Lake turn white in winter, brown in summer.
Snowshoe Hares at Crater Lake turn white in winter, brown in summer. Painting by Larry Eifert commissioned by the Crater Lake Instutute

 

Our operators are standing by to help.

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photo by Robert Mutch