An armed robbery of two park visitors occurs at the Annie Creek
Falls Picnic Area. The two male victims are beaten and kicked
with $42 taken by the six assailants.
30 Youth Conservation Corps enrollees arrive for an eight week
camp and work program.
The youth are assigned the Old Ranger Dorm.
A nineteen year old maintenance worker falls out of an upper
story window of Sleepy Hollow House number 53, breaking his
back, after chug-a-lugging a fifth of Segrims 7 whiskey.
A car with two teenagers, one a YCC enrollee, rolls over the
road bank above Headquarters. Beer was found in the car. A
large, roadside rock pins one of the youths to a snow bank, as
the two of them escape with minor injuries.
Two juveniles are arrested at North Entrance by rangers Vic
Affolter and David Panebaker for possession of a stolen car from
Washington. The two youths are transported to Klamath Falls
awaiting an investigation by the FBI.
A herd of 55 elk stroll past Ron Mastrogiuseppe as he hikes into
A large concentration of Tortoise Shell butterflies flutter
their way through the eastern portion of the Park.
Ranger Tom Young and wife Betty spot a cougar running across the
West Entrance Road.
Rim Drive, finally free of snow, opens for traffic. This is the
latest Rim Road opening on record since 1945.
Bob Ewing, a biology teacher from Portland Community College and
Portland University claims to have swum Crater Lake.
1974 - 1975
A bear study following the closing of the Park’s garbage dumps
finds that 11 to 12 bear had to be destroyed because they could
not adapt to returning to natural foraging. The study estimates
that 40 to 45 bear still live in the Park.
The Forest and Wilderness Construction company sues Crater Lake
National Park for $1,012 claiming in court that one of the 14
bears transported out of the Park during the past year had
broken into and damaged the company’s trail camp near Four Mile
Lake. The Judge ruled that the bears had not been transplanted
in a negligent manner and that the Government was not liable for
the damage that had been caused.
New rusty metal boxy entrance signs are installed at the North
and West boundaries after bulldozing the historic stone and
Redwood entrance signs.
Latest now removal in memory. Snow drifts remain in Rim Village
throughout the summer.
The Park’s Master Plan is revised. Many expansion and
construction projects are dropped or put off. Public hearings on
the new Plan are scheduled in Portland, Medford and Klamath
All public row boats are removed from the Lake. The boats were
getting old and coupled with a more difficult job of
establishing rowing limits at Cleetwood Cove, officials felt
that the public use of the Lake should be restricted to the Lake
Because of the Park’s reliance on Forest Service fire
observation overflights, the Watchman Fire Lookout is closed.
Mazama Campground and the Rim Campground are placed on a
nation-wide Park Reservation System. Because only 5% of the
Park’s campers make reservations, the administration of the
system in the Park creates an administrative nightmare.
Season Visitation: 525,030. Down 3% from last year.
The Dallas District Attorney clams, that after a thorough
investigation, he believes that the body of a murdered Denison,
Texas woman is buried somewhere in Crater Lake National
Park. Local authorities search the canyons along the West Road,
but find nothing.