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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 »

Research

Learn about scientific research and environmental monitoring at Crater Lake National Park. Active environmental monitoring activities include:

 
Crater Lake Science and Learning Center

The Science & Learning Center is located at the former Superintendents Residence near park headquarters.

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Science and Learning Center

The Crater Lake Science and Learning Center provides the intersection between educators, scientists, and artists. The Center is housed in the former Superintendents House with a separate residential facility in the former Naturalists residence.

 
Bull trout in net

Bull Trout captured for study in Sun Creek, Crater Lake National Park.

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Bull Trout Conservation and Recovery

 
R/V Neuston at work on the lake.

The research vessel Neuston on Crater Lake.

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Environmental Monitoring of Crater Lake

 
The Signal Crayfish of Crater Lake

Learn about crayfish and how they are negatively affecting the Crater Lake ecosystem.

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Impacts of introduced, non-native crayfish on the Crater Lake ecosystem.

 
Mazama and Oregon Newt

Mazama Newt captured from Crater Lake.

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Mazama Newt monitoring in Crater Lake

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.