83 The Rim Center Building is severely damaged during a record
snowfall at Rim Village of 25 to 28 feet. This becomes the
deepest recorded snowfall in the state. The Headquarters weather
station measures a record 22 feet of snow on the ground on
Easter Sunday morning.
Sleepy Hollow cabins #41, #43 and #45 are crushed by the
winter’s excessive snow load and are abandoned.
The research boat, “The Queen ll”, is destroyed as it smashes on
rocks and the wreckage is strewn around Cleetwood Cove.
Styrofoam from the boat’s floats continue to visually pollute
the Cove for several years.
Kevin Peer, free lance film maker begins filming winter scenes
for a new informational film about Crater lake. Kevin spends a
week on top of the Watchman taking time-lapse photographs of
storms passing over the Lake. Peer also spends the winter
writing the movie’s scripts. Returning in the summer, Peer films
additional footage, including an reenactment of the Lake’s
discovery and the staging of William Steel’s famous School House
lunch box discovery of Crater Lake. The new film will replace
the 30 year old “Crater Lake Story”.
An avalanche from off of Castle Crest closes the Rim access road
just above Headquarters.
148 inches of wet snow falls during the month.
A snow pack of emergency proportions sends out all able-bodied
employees to shovel snow from the flat roofed residence
buildings. Some of the houses in Steel Circle had up to 252
inches of snow on their roofs. Many Park buildings suffered
extreme snow and ice damage.
Easter Sunday Morning. A new snow depth record of 252 inches (or
21 feet) is established at Park Headquarters, breaking the
previous record of 18 feet set in . Rim Village set a new Oregon
State snow depth record of 27 feet. The seasonal total of
accumulated snowfall reaches 635 inches, or 52.9 feet.
The Warehouse building is declared unsafe for entry because of
Summers 1983 and 1984
A two year experiment conducted by contracting out the operation
of Mazama Campground to the Lodge Company in an attempt to see
if contracting services will save operational money. All camping
fees in the Park are tripled to “match the prices of the private
A bacteriological survey of ground water inflow into Crater Lake
shows nitrate and fecal coliform of measurable levels. The study
indicates there may be low levels of sewage entering the Lake.
The leach fields in the Rim Village area are suspected of Lake
A U.S.G.S. study finds a high level of lead concentrated in the
water around Cleetwood Cove. The lead undoubtedly stems from the
tour boat operation.
A major project begun to preserve, duplicate and properly store
the 17 volumes of the Steel Scrapbooks.
A cougar is sighted near the Watchman.
One “garbage “bear is euthanized near the Park boundary. A bear
cub carcass is found near Rim Drive.
The position of Assistant Superintendent is reestablished after
being vacant for 20 years.
The North Entrance Road opens, following a record snow year.
A 26 acre prescribed burn is set south of the Ponderosa Pine
Picnic Area. The same unit was burned in 1976.
Steve Jonas, 29, of Moscow, Idaho, seasonal maintenance employee
for the past 5 years, mysteriously disappears after being seen
walking along Annie Creek Canyon. A Park visitor reported to the
Annie Spring Entrance Station seeing a car precariously perched
on the ledge of the canyon, at the “Ole Van” turnout, with a man
of Jonas’s description standing nearby. When a ranger patrol
arrives about 15 minutes later, Jonas had disappeared. A massive
search was mounted with a helicopter crew, search dog teams, and
25 volunteer searchers, but no trace of Jonas has ever been
found. On his way out of the Park, Steve had stopped for gas and
had mumbled something about wanting to kill himself, but nobody
took it seriously because he had a history of mental illness and
depression, ever since returning from the Service.
Mazama Campground opens. Snow remains in the campground until
Rim Drive is opened.
Superintendent James Rouse, 54, completes his second Crater Lake
Crater Lake Rim Run Results:
Marathon Richard Stewart 2:53.35
Georgette Cooper 4:09.51
13.1 miles Ric Sayre 1:13.35
Nina Putzar 1:37.27
6.7 miles Tom Ansberry 32:38
Maria Gonzales 42:55
Kent Schwarzkope conducts a study of the “Feeding of Golden
Mantled Ground Squirrels” by Park visitors in Rim Village. The
study found that a sign stressing the danger to humans of
Bubonic Plague was twice as effective in deterring squirrel
feeding as one emphasizing the welfare of the squirrels. Studies
further showed that the Rim area supports 23 squirrels per acre,
while only 5 squirrels per acre survive in the wilds of the
Park. With no sign, between 10% to 20% of Park visitors fed the
ground squirrels. Schwarzkope concludes that die-hard squirrel
feeders are not affected by attempts to deter them, not even
threats of monetary fines.
The 17 foot Boston Whaler purchased for use in winter water
sampling of the Lake and a floating boathouse are damaged and
then destroyed in a violent wind storm along with the summer
13,630 visitors take the boat tours.
The Park Service employs 55 seasonal employees. The Mazama
Campground Concession grosses $62,000 for the Lodge Company
after the camping fee in increased to $6.00 per night.
It is estimated that 18,000 cross country skiers visit Crater
Lake each winter.
Season 1983 Visitation: 429,586
Fiscal Year 1983 - 1984
The Park’s budget, not including rehab and restoration programs,