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    Crater Lake

    National Park Oregon

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  • Road Construction Update

    A section of the East Rim Drive will be closed to traffic (vehicles, bicycles & pedestrians) for a rockfall mitigation project. Aug. 13th- mid Sept., Mon-Fri, 7 AM- 5 PM, Between Sun Notch and Phantom Ship Overlook. (Sun Notch Trail, Pinnacles Road Open.) More »

  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect

    To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, restrictions on campfires, smoking, and fireworks are in effect. More »

  • Vehicle-Free Days on East Rim Drive

    The park will host two vehicle-free days on East Rim Drive, September 20 and 27, 2014. Although East Rim Drive will be closed for these events, all other roads through the park will remain open to vehicular traffic. More »

History & Culture

Superintendent Canfield's report

Searching through the archives can yield documents, images and artifacts over a hundred years old.

Crater Lake Museum & Archives Collection

Crater Lake has long attracted the wonder and admiration of people all over the world. Its depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) makes it the deepest lake in the United States, and the ninth deepest in the world. Its fresh water is some of the clearest found anywhere in the world. The interaction of people with this place is traceable at least as far back as the eruption of Mount Mazama. Founded May 22, 1902, Crater Lake National Park seeks to preserve these natural and cultural resources.

For more information on research and using the Crater Lake Museum & Archives collection, click here.

Learn more about the history and culture associated with Crater Lake by visiting our brochures page.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Crater Lake was formed when a massive eruption of Mount Mazama 7700 years ago caused the mountain to collapse, leaving a steaming caldera. Centuries of rain and snow filled the caldera creating Crater Lake.