Crater Lake History

Crater Lake National Park has a fascinating history. Created by the explosion of Mt. Mazama 7,700 years ago, Crater Lake has long inspired reverence and wonder.

The Klamaths kept the lake undiscovered by white explorers until 1853, and William Gladstone Steel devoted over thirty years to establishing the Park.

In 1902, President Roosevelt signed legislation making Crater Lake America's 6th National Park.

By the way, this Peter Britt photo was taken about 1900 and is considered the first photograph depicting Crater Lake.

Geologic History

How could a mountain turn into a lake? Where did the mountain go? Discover the answers to these questions and more.

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Tribal History

Native Americans experienced the creation of Crater Lake 7,700 years ago and have many stories about it.

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Historic Structures

The Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930s.

The architecture of the buildings and the landscaping offer glimpses into the history of the National Parks Service.

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Munson Valley Historic District

The Science and Learning Center

The rustic landscape around Munson Valley began development during the 1930s. Now it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Support Crater Lake

The Trust depends on your tax-deductible donations to help students, teachers, and visitors to share in the excitement of this great natural wonder.

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Crater Lake License Plates

For just $30, you can join some 400,000 Oregon residents and show your support for Crater Lake by purchasing a Crater Lake License Plate.

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Crater Lake National Park Trust
PO Box 62
Crater Lake, OR 97604

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