• Wizard Island

    Crater Lake

    National Park Oregon

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  • 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 »

  • Lost Creek Campground CLOSED Nights of 9/19 and 9/26

    Lost Creek Campground will be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/19 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/20 because of the temporary road closure to vehicles on East Rim Drive. It will also be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/26 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/27.

  • 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 »

How we find crayfish in Crater Lake

Crayfish trap

Crayfish traps loaded with bait.


Two methods are used to find and count crayfish in Crater Lake,

  • Snorkel-divers swim the shoreline turning over rocks and counting crayfish,
  • Crayfish traps are set from the surface down to 300 meters deep.

Searching for crayfish in rocky areas of Crater Lake.
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Crayfish walking near trap in Crater Lake
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Crayfish in rock crevice in Crater Lake
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Did You Know?

Junior Ranger activity booklet and badge

Kids can earn their Junior Ranger badge year round. Stop in the Steel Visitor Center to pick up the activity booklet and more information.