Development – 06 Appendix B: Existing Development – Utilities

Draft General Development Plan, July 1977, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

 Appendix B: Existing Development


Water: Two small water systems serve minor developments in the park:

Lost Creek – spring fed, treated, gravity water system to comfort station and faucets.

Kerr Notch – spring fed, treated, gravity water system to comfort station and drinking fountain.

There are no water systems at the north entrance or entrance maintenance areas.

the south

The major developed areas – Rim Village, Munson Valley, and Mazama Campground – are supplied with water from Annie Springs. Water is treated and pumped to a storage reservoir above the headquarters area and then distributed by gravity lines to facilities in Munson Valley. Water for Mazama Campground is pumped to a reservoir near Annie Springs and fed by gravity to the campground. To serve the Rim Village, water is pumped from Munson Valley to a storage tank on Garfield Peak east of the village and then is gravity fed to the facilities. The water system is adequate to supply existing and proposed facilities.

Sewage Treatment: Small septic systems are located at Lost Creek Campground and the Kerr Notch comfort station. Pit toilets serve picnic areas and the north entrance cabin while chemical toilets are used at Cleetwood Cove and Wizard Island.

Lagoon systems providing primary and secondary treatment are located at Mazama Campground and Munson Valley. The lodge and dormitory in the Rim Village are connected by gravity sewer line to the Munson Valley lagoon system. All facilities in Munson Valley are connected to the lagoon system by gravity sewer lines.

The Rim Village cabins, cafeteria, and picnic area comfort stations are connected to a septic tank with leaching trenches located south of the cafeteria. This septic system and the Munson Valley lagoon system are operating at capacity while the Mazama Campground system was designed to handle future expansion.

Solid Waste: During the summer solid waste is removed by commercial contract. During the winter the National Park Service collects solid waste and hauls it to a sanitary landfill near Klamath Falls. The concessioner reimburses the National Park Service for this winter service.

Power: Commercial power (21,000 volt overhead line) enters the park at the south entrance, paralleling the park road system to Annie Springs and Munson Valley. National Park Service-owned primary and secondary distribution in Mazama Campground, the Rim Village, and most of Munson Valley is underground. The Steel Circle area has overhead lines with underground service to individual residences. A 250KW diesel generator in Munson Valley provides standby power. There is no power at the north entrance, Cleetwood Cove, Lost Creek, or the southern Panhandle. However, the primary line passes just west of the Panhandle maintenance area and power could be made available.

Telephone: Telephone service is by microwave from White City, Oregon, to a reflector on Garfield Peak and then to a receiver/transmitter located at park headquarters. Telephone switching equipment is located in the mess hall in Munson Valley. Underground telephone lines connect the Rim Village, park headquarters, Munson Valley, and Mazama Campground.

Radio: The park operates headquarters with a solar in The Watchman lookout. radio contact with remote personnel aboard boats on a radio system from park powered repeater located The repeater provides facilities, vehicles, and the lake.


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