03 Purpose of Park

Crater Lake National Park: Administrative History by Harlan D. Unrau and Stephen Mark, 1987


INTRODUCTION: Description of the Park


The purpose of the park is stated in its establishing act signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt on May 22, 1902. The park was to be an area “dedicated and set apart forever as a public park or pleasure ground for the benefit of the people of the United States.” The act required that measures be taken for “the preservation of the natural objects . . . the protection of the timber . . . the preservation of all kinds of game and fish” and the use of “scientists, excursionists, and pleasure seekers.” Crater Lake was the sixth national park to be established in the United States and became known as one of the “jewels of the National Park System.”