Seven environmental groups make a “cause celebre” of the
$350,000 employee dorm on the Rim. F.O.E., The Sierra Club and
Wilderness Society all feel that the dorm should be built at
Denton Park, the Lodge Company’s private resort, one mile
outside the south Park boundary. The dorm is eventually
constructed, but as a compromise the Park drops for motel units
located on the rim and at Park Headquarters.
Construction begins on widening of 2.4 miles of the West
Entrance road from the Pacific Crest Trail to White Horse
Creek. The cost is estimated at $716,000.
Roger Theison, seasonal ranger, establishes a new Cleetwood
Assent record by walking up the trail in 16.5 minutes with a
walking cast on his left foot, following a day of skin diving in
The first major car clout of the season in Mazama
Campground. Twelve cars are opened with the total loss estimated
at $3,800. Cameras were the favorite targets.
1200 acres of sage brush and Juniper Trees burn at Lava Beds
National Monument. 400 fire fighters battle the blazes. Many
trees were lost in the headquarters area, but the buildings were
saved along with the campground. The monument is closed for
All user fees in Federal Campgrounds are abandoned because of
Congressional error. The daily $2.00 entrance fee is changed to
a flat 14-day entrance permit.
Giant rock slide defaces the surface of Llao Rock. Approximately
100 cubic yards of rock fall into the Lake around noon.
Lodge trail tractor, loaded with 350 pounds of scuba diving
equipment and two Lodge employees, loses it brakes, and rolls 50
feet into the caldera. Two members of the boat crew receive leg
Third Mazama Campground car clout. Thieves net $1200 in cash,
travelers checks and cameras.
The NPS reprimands the Lodge Company when they discover plastic
marijuana plants being sold in the Cafeteria. Several of the
fake plants had been “planted” around the Park in public areas.
Richard Sims appointed Crater Lake’s 19th Superintendent,
transferring in from Oregon Caves National Monument.
A record month’s snow fall is recorded at 154.4 inches. The
previous snowfall record for November had been set in 1934 with
128 inches falling during the month.
A new precipitation record for the month is also established at
Friday: 5 p.m.- A record breaking snowfall and a fuel shortage
combines to force the winter closure of the West Entrance road
from Union Creek to Annie Spring. This will be the first such
road closure since World War II. The seven mile closure saves
7,000 to 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
Following the closure of the West Road a motor home becomes
stuck in a snow bank for two days. Rescue was made because of
being able to make a CB radio contact with a radio operator in
Roseburg who then phoned the Park.
Plans for motel unites to be constructed at Rim Village or in
Munson Valley are dropped after conservation groups oppose the
construction of the employee dorm. This is done to stop what
Senator Packwood calls, “the desecration of Crater Lake National
Park by unnecessary buildings.” A revised master plan for Rim
Village is ordered by the Assistant Secretary, N. Reed.
Season Visitation: 539,708