• 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 »

Research Equipment Used in Crater Lake

Research Boat Neuston

The Crater Lake research vessel Neuston.


The research vessel (R/V) Neuston is the workhorse of activities on Crater Lake.

Research Boat Ouzel

The research vessel Ouzel on Crater Lake.


The research vessel (R/V) Ouzel allows independent, simultaneous research activities on Crater Lake.

Deep sea underwater rover.

A manned deep sea rover explores the bottom of Crater Lake.


Deep sea rover used at Crater Lake to explore the bottom of Crater Lake.

Boat used in bathymetry studies

Boat used in bathymetry studies on Crater Lake.


This special boat was trucked to Crater Lake National Park, and flown to the lake by a helicopter, so that the Crater Lake bottom could be mapped.

Glen Canyon ROV

The Glen Canyon ROV used to study moss communities around Wizard Island.


A remotely-operated vehicle (ROV), borrowed from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, was used to study underwater moss communities.

US Geological Survey towed fiber-optic camera sled

A US Geological Survey towed fiber-optic camera sled.


The US Geological Survey towed fiber-optic camera sled was used to video underwater plants around Wizard Island.

Acoustic Survey Sled

The acoustic survey sled is towed behind a boat.


A sub-bottom acoustic sled is used to map the thickness of moss sediments around Wizard Island.

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.