Crater Lake Institute

A free guide and library about Crater Lake National Park

“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden

top photo of Crater Lake by John Chao

Crater Lake’s current weather at Mazama Village 6024′

Crater Lake
58°
Sunny
07:0118:57 PDT
Feels like: 57°F
Wind: 6mph E
Humidity: 54%
Pressure: 30.04"Hg
UV index: 5
TueWedThu
62/40°F
65/40°F
66/44°F

Long-term weather at Crater Lake

Monthly weather and climate at Crater Lake

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 around here and find out about the man responsible for Crater Lake National Park instead of a bunch of high-rise condos overlooking Trump Lake!

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


 
Crater-Lake-Reflections-Summer-Fall-2017

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

 

  • All about Crater Lake birds, animals, amphibians, geology, climate, plants and everything: nature . We have field guides and research papers, bird checklists and more.

Our operators are standing by to help.

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photo by Robert Mutch