• 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 »

The Research Vessel Neuston

Neuston docked at Cleetwood Cove


The research vessel Neuston docked at Cleetwood Cove on Crater Lake.

Specifications of the R/V Neuston:

  • 33 foot Munson Hammerhead, V Hull, custom built circa 1995
  • aluminum hull and pilot house
  • dual V-8 engines supply thrust, electrical, and hydraulic power
  • Volvo Penta outdrives with dual, counter-rotating props
  • Pilot house has GPS, radar, depth finder/sonar
  • The boom crane and winch are rated at 800 pounds with a 2000 foot, 3/16 inch, wire rope (cable)
  • Port-side sampling station with 1/8 inch wire rope, winches, and gypsy head


  • The R/V Neuston is housed in the Wizard Island boathouse over winter. The pilot house is removed for winter storage.
  • The R/V Neuston is moored either at Cleetwood Cove or Wizard Island during summer operations.
  • The boat is all-weather capable and able to withstand 5-foot waves that are common on the lake.
  • The GPS can be linked to the navigation system for hands-free operation during science expeditions.

R/V Neuston at work on the lake.
The R/V Neuston on a misty and cloudy Crater Lake.
Starboard view of the R/V Neuston
A starboard view of the R/V Neuston showing the boom in operation.
A port-side view of the R/V Neuston
A port-side view of the R/V Neuston showing the sampling winches and gypsy head infrastructure.

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.