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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 »

Where are Mazama Newts Found?

Figure showing newt and crayfish distribution in Crater Lake.

Locations of newts and crayfish in Crater Lake.  Blue circles are newt locations.  Red circles are crayfish locations.  The size of the circles indicates how many animals were found at that location.


The figure shows the distribution of Mazama Newts and crayfish in Crater Lake. The red dots represent locations where crayfish are present and the size of the dot represents how many crayfish were found. The blue dots represent locations where Mazama Newts were found.

The Mazama Newt may have colonized Crater Lake as early as 6,000 years ago and most likely spread to live on the entire shoreline of the lake. In recent times the newt populations have been eliminated from certain areas of the shoreline because of the presence of crayfish.

Park biologists and outside researchers will continue to monitor the populations of newts and crayfish and develop a plan for saving the Crater Lake Newt.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

William Gladstone Steel worked for 17 years to convince Congress that a national park should be created to protect Crater Lake. He finally succeeded and the park was authorized on May 22, 1902.