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

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, 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.

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