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For the first time in seven years, rangers conduct winter lake research by conducting water quality research from their base station on Wizard Island. The Park had stopped the winter sampling excursions in 1990 because the research boat was no longer safe, but they now have a new boat.

January 18

A Milwaukee, Oregon woman is killed when the snowmobile she was operating strikes a tree, on the North Road, between the North Entrance Station and Hwy 138. Mary Stewart Lanz, age 62, was at the park with members of her family. Oregon State Police initially investigated the accident. The Park Service was not alerted until several hours after the accident. Another snowmobile accident occurred about an hour later within in a mile of the first accident. One person was seriously injured. Because of heavy rains, the snow pack was extremely icy.









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