Crater Lake Institute

A free guide and library about Crater Lake National Park

“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden

top photo by Dave Harrison 2009 – NPS
Three bears being fed by a member of the kitchen staff, another kitchen staffer in doorway of log structure, William G. Steel sitting looking on.

Three bears being fed by a member of the kitchen staff, another kitchen staffer in doorway of log structure, William G. Steel sitting looking on.


Trail Management Survey

January 20, 2017
For Immediate Release
Crater Lake National Park Invites Public Comment on Trail Management Planning meetings

Pinnacles Trail Edging Replacement – Vegetation Overgrowth, Jennifer Gifford 2015

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Reflections, the park newspaper for Winter – Spring 2017

In Memory of Michael Frome
May 25, 1920 – September 4, 2016

Michael Frome PORTOGRAM – The Last Page


New: Over 1400 newly acquired National Park Service photos now online.

From the  NPS Focus collection, many of these Crater Lake images have never publicly been seen before.

Visiting? What to do at Crater Lake

We’ll help you with auto-touring, bicycling, hiking, camping, swimming, fishing and wildlife viewing – to name a few.
Snowshoe Hares at Crater Lake turn white in winter, brown in summer.
Snowshoe Hares at Crater Lake turn white in winter, brown in summer. Painting by Larry Eifert commissioned by the Crater Lake Instutute

 

  • All about Crater Lake birds, animals, amphibians, geology, climate, plants and everything: nature . We have field guides and research papers, bird checklists and more.

Our operators are standing by to help.

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photo by Robert Mutch