Wizard Island at Sunset in Crater Lake NP, 2009 Dave Harrison NPS

Crater Lake Institute

A free 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, NPS

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Not now, but a few  years ago: the Cat 962 loader with a Kodiak-blower -2009

Crater Lake National Park is now in winter-mode.  VISITORS SHOULD TELEPHONE AHEAD  (541-594-3100)

See the park webcams here for current conditions


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 Online Librarycover-large

     A deep library about all things Crater Lake – and then some. Over 3000 pages of documents, research papers, newspaper accounts, historic photos and more.

  • 52699n2Crater Lake in the News

     Newspaper articles, announcements and all-things Crater Lake from 1865 to the present. We’ve put it all in here, the good, bad and  even a little unflattering.
  • Our Own Art Collection

    Whitebark Pines in Peril at Crater Lake, a commissioned painting by Larry Eifert for Crater Lake Institute.
    Crater Lake Institute has a growing collection of commissioned art. We’ve commissioned some art to help us educate visitors about Crater Lake and other amazing parks in our area.
  • Research at Crater Lake

    Deep RoverSee on-going and past field research documents at Crater Lake.  Much of this is in its own section of our On-line Library.
  • Cultural History
    at Crater Lake

    "Fritz" gets his - Crater Lake National Park

    Our historic photo library of the human side of Crater Lake National Park. Bears used to be common sights at the Park, but not so any more. See how it used to be and learn how we’ve all changed.
  • Current Conditions – Park Webcams and Park Weather Stations

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    Weather and climate, current conditions right now – and webcams.
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    Go to our Online Library for more details about Crater Lake than you could ever want. It’s search-friendly.

     Discover and Learn

    • Plan Your Visit
      Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon has inspired people for thousands of years. No place else on earth combines a deep pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs almost two thousand feet high. This is a place of immeasurable beauty.
    • Maps and Guides
      Crater Lake Institute is not affiliated with the Park, but has assembled a large collection of maps, guides and other information for your Crater Lake experience. Our On-line Library has thousands of documents about the Park’s history, nature, research, policies, news clippings and other resources.
    photo by Robert Mutch