Crater Lake Institute

A free guide and library about Crater Lake National Park

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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.

View or download the park’s newspaper: Summer and Fall 2020

 


 

Crater Lake’s current weather at Mazama Village 6024′

Crater Lake
42°
Sunny
5:30am8:43pm PDT
Feels like: 42°F
Wind: 2mph N
Humidity: 71%
Pressure: 30.04"Hg
UV index: 0
ThuFriSat
67/42°F
59/33°F
40/25°F

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.
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