The Old Man is a 30-foot mountain hemlock log with three feet exposed above water. The old man’s age is carbon dated beyond 450 years old. It was first sighted and tracked in 1896 by lake geologist, Joseph Diller.
Some believe that the Old Man controls the weather at Crater Lake. In 1988 when the park brought in a submersible to explore the lake bottom, researchers concerned about running into Old Man, tied him up on the eastern shore of Wizard Island. Shortly thereafter storms blew in, making it impossible to launch the submersible at all. When this was quickly followed by snow in August, the scientists very quietly (and under cover of night) released the Old Man back into the Lake, thus restoring the weather and the Old Man’s freedom.
Last updated: September 9, 2021