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    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 »

Nature and Science

 
View of the geology of the caldera.

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Mount Mazama - from a gigantic 400,000 year old mountain to a hollow shell in 48 hours! Learn about the geology of Crater Lake National Park here.

 
Neuston

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The lucky 100 ... in the past seven-thousand years only about one-hundred scientists have ventured onto Crater Lake to study the lake's beautiful color, strange chemistry, and wild physics. Learn about the science and research of Crater Lake here.

 
Bull Trout

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Out with the bad fish, in with the good... the Bull Trout Management Program in Sun Creek.

 
Spotted Owl

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The rest of the story ... plants and animals at Crater Lake National Park.

 
Science & Learning Center

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Where scientists, educators, and artists mingle ... the Crater Lake Science & Learning Center.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Clarks Nutcracker is frequently seen around the rim of Crater Lake. It feeds almost exclusively on the seeds of the Whitebark Pine. It gathers the seeds and hides some of them to eat later, helping the tree to disperse its seeds. Forgotten seeds may grow into new Whitebark Pines.