A team of scientists fly on to Wizard Island to continue
research on the quality of winter water in the Lake. They will
take readings on the clarity of the Lake water, temperature
layers in the water and the mixing between layers. This is the
fifth winter expedition to Wizard Island.
1989 - 1990
Snowfall: 331 inches, 28 feet.
A woman falls 700 to her death at Discovery Point at 3:20
p.m. The only eyewitness, besides her three children (Jeremy,
16; John, 7; and Brittany, 5) was former ranger, Bruce Black,
who saw the fall from Wizard Island. Bruce resides at 850 N.W.
Antelope Place, Corvallis 97330. The body of Della Marie
Zielinski, 33, of Mead, Washington was recovered the next
day. The Zielinski family had walked out beyond the warning
signs to a narrow, rocky, spine-like ridge to gain a better view
of Wizard Island. The mother was holding the youngest child when
she lost her footing. The woman tossed the youngster to her
teenager as she fell to her death.
Crater Lake Lodge Company grosses $2.7 million in sales and
earns a profit of 28 percent. Its contract called for a 2
percent return to the Federal Government which works out to
$50,000. The company also pays $695 per year rent for the five
government comfort stations at Mazama Campground. The rent for
the new lodge will be purposely kept low so as to encourage the
Lodge Company to invest in supplies and operationally equipment.
A Lodge reconstruction study finds that: the roof joists were
built from single 2x4’s with three foot centers. The roof, with
its annual winter snow load was 300% over stressed. The
engineers are wondering what kept the Lodge from total
collapse. Present Lodge has 125 rooms. The rebuilt Lodge will
have 71 rooms.
Lake study results in the lowest reading ever of a Secchi Disc
in Crater lake: 20.5 feet. 110 species of Diatoms are
identified, with 5 major species. Researchers found 1,000,000
Diatoms per liter.
20 to 50 million gallons of sewage are generated each summer at
Rim Village. Conclusion: The sewer leach field west to the
Cafeteria is thought to be contaminating the Lake.
Grigory Galazy, a Lake Baikal scientist and director of the
Baikal Ecological Museum, along with another Russian scientist
visit Crater Lake. The visit comes two month after a
Soviet-American team found evidence of a hot vent field in Lake
Baikal. The vent area lies about 1300 feet down.
1990 or 1989
A C-130 cargo jet was seen flying inside the caldera so low that
the jet blast blew a ranger’s hat off.
Rick Attig, writer for the Bend, Oregon, Bulletin, claims that
Park Superintendent Benton is allowing his friends to float tube
fish in the Lake. Since no private boating is allowed, “folks
who saw (a fisherman) bobbing around the sapphire-blue lake
...and waving to passing tour boats seemed a little
perturbed...I called Bob Benton, who patiently explained that he
personally approved the three-night stay on the island and that
the unusual camping and fishing outing actually was a ‘research’
trip.” The researcher, Dr. Philip Paden of Medford, said, “There
were some very big rainbows in there, mostly 17 to 21 inches. I
only caught about one fish an hour. You can’t imagine what it’s
like to be floating there, to be able to see so deep into the
Fiscal Year 1990-91
ONPS Budget set at $1.9 million
Season Visitation: 462,152