Crater Lake Institute

A free guide and library about Crater Lake National Park

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This rather amazing photo of the Watchman and whitebark pines high about Crater Lake was taken by Ranger Dave Grimes. If used, please credit him.

NEW: The Smith History has been revised. Over 50 years in the making, this is the most complete public history of Crater Lake.
Rangers Larry and Lloyd Smith in the 1970’s. They have been diligently adding information to the Crater Lake Smith History for over 50 years.

The park has not published a winter/spring 2021 newspaper. Instead, they’re recommending using last year’s version – so here it is.
View or download the park’s newspaper: Winter 2019 – 2020

Crater Lake’s current weather at Mazama Village 6024′

Crater Lake
5:30am8:43pm PDT
Feels like: 42°F
Wind: 2mph N
Humidity: 71%
Pressure: 30.04"Hg
UV index: 0

Long-term weather at Crater Lake

Monthly weather and climate at Crater Lake

Current snow depth at the Munson Valley weather station



Get started: Ranger Anne Spillane talks about Crater Lake.
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Take a  hike!

Join Ranger John for his first ever hike down the Cleetwood Cove Trail, the only trail that reaches the lakeshore at Crater Lake. Students will watch John discover the role of the National Park Service and specific resources that are protected by the NPS at Crater Lake. Then, students participate by creating their own ranger badge that symbolizes specific things protected at Crater Lake.

Videos of Crater Lake


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 Institute