Crater Lake National Park

About the Park

Crater Lake National Park, which covers an area of 249 square miles, is located to the south of Eugene and Bend, Oregon. Crater Lake is 1,943 feet (592 meters) deep making it the deepest lake in the United States, and the seventh deepest in the world.


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Climate change presents significant risks and challenges to the National Park Service and specifically to Crater Lake National Park. Scientists cannot predict with certainty the general severity of climate change nor its impacts. Average global temperatures on the Earth’s surface have increased about 1.1°F since the late 19th century, and the 10 warmest years of the 20th century all occurred in the last 15 years. Rising global temperatures will further raise sea levels and affect all aspects of the water cycle, including snow cover, mountain glaciers, spring runoff, water temperature, and aquatic life. Climate change is also expected to affect human health, crop production, animal and plant habitats, and many other features of our natural and managed environments. At Crater Lake National Park, increasing temperatures, and changing precipitation patterns may alter park ecosystems, changing vegetation communities, habitats available for species, and the experience of park visitors.

The objective of this Action Plan is to identify actions that Crater Lake National Park can undertake to reduce GHG emissions and thus address climate change. This plan presents the park’s emission reduction targets and associated reduction strategies designed to achieve the park’s emission reduction goals. While the plan does not provide detailed instructions on how to carry out each of the proposed measures, it provides the essential framework needed to meet Crater Lake National Park ‘s emission reduction targets.

Emissions Profile

GHG emissions result from the combustion of fossil fuels for transportation and energy (e.g., boilers, electricity generation), the decomposition of waste and other organic matter, and the volatilization or release of gases from various other sources (e.g., decompositions of the forest, flora and refrigerants).

In 2007, GHG emissions within Crater Lake National Park totaled 10,031 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E). This includes emissions from park and concessioner operations and visitor activities, including vehicle use within the park. The largest emission sector for Crater Lake National Park is Energy, totaling 9,078 MTCO2E.

The graph below, taken from our Climate Action Plan, shows our baseline emissions in 2007 broken down into sectors, including visitor travel.


Crater Lake National Park aims to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from park operations by 35% below 2007 levels by the year 2016.  
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the total park by 15% below 2007 levels by the year 2016.

To read more about what we are doing at the Crater Lake National Park about climate change, check out our Action Plan