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Crater Lake National Park
Transcript of Crater Lake National Park
- Drive: from the DFW area to the park, keeping in mind to fill up the gas tank at the nearest gas station 35 miles away before continuing the drive all the way to the park. One reminder that the park does give for drivers is to remember the roads inside and close to the park are typical mountain roads with many curves and a number of drop-offs. Weather can change suddenly. Drive cautiously especially if you're not used to mountain driving. What's on the Agenda for Today? Spend at least a half day touring the 33-mile Rim Drive, enjoying its many overlooks and several hiking trails. On a second day, consider a hike down to the shore for the two-hour narrated boat tour of the lake. Some tours stop at Wizard Island; if time and weather permit, climb to the top of it and catch a later boat back. Staying Longer? Along with the park being absolutely mesmerizing where one can admire for days along with recreational activities, they have centers to learn about the science and history to do with the park. Trout fishing
Picnicking Science and Learning Center
Crater Lake Museum and Archives
Hiking Ranger Tour Guides
Gift Shop How Did It Get Here? What We See Today From the Beginning A Little Bit of Human Help The tranquil Gem of the Cascades is set in a dormant volcano called Mount Mazama, one in the chain of volcanoes that includes Mount St. Helens. Mount Mazama's eruption about 5700 B.C. catapulted volcanic ash miles into the sky and expelled so much pumice and ash that the summit soon collapsed, creating a huge, smoldering caldera. Eventually, rain and snowmelt accumulated in the caldera, forming a lake more than 1,900 feet deep, the deepest lake in the United States. This park is now one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is the deepest lake in the country and the 7th deepest in the world. The lake holds some of the purest water in North America. Enabling legislation for Crater Lake National Park, set forth May 22, 1902, mandates that this area be "dedicated and set apart forever as a public (park) or pleasure ground for the benefit of the people of the United States." (32 Stat. 202) This important law allows for the unfettered access to this unique area. William Gladstone Steel is the reasoning for the protection of this national park as miners and sheep herders wanted access to the park he wasn't going to let them destroy the area. The park's information center is named after him. JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC
High Temp(F) 33.7 35.0 37.2 42.8 50.2 58.3 69.1 69.2 62.8 52.1 40.0 34.7
Low Temp(F) 17.8 18.4 19.1 22.7 28.5 34.1 41.0 40.9 36.5 30.7 23.5 19.5
Precip.(in) 10.52 8.08 7.73 4.85 3.30 2.23 0.78 0.97 2.04 5.01 9.39 11.42 Biomes, say what?!
Crater Lake is a part of the Alpine biome, which explains its harsh winters and warm summers. While visiting Crater Lake, it is possible to see the Mountain Goat, which has adapted to this biome by having having hooved feet to grip onto the rock, if you travel to Crater Lake. You may also see bears, which have adapted to this biome because they hibernate to avoid the harsh winters. The Alpine Phacilia can be found here, and adapted to this biome by being able to grow on rock, or wooded places in the mountains. Another plant you may see is Bear Grass, which adapted to this biome by having long leaves to grow over the other plants to help it collect sunlight. WINTER SUMMER Yearly Average Temperatures Crater Lake Food Chain Black Bear Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel Deer Moose Red-Tailed Hawk Clark's Nutcracker Cyano Bacteria Sugar Pine Biotic Factors in Crater Lake Black Bears
Trees Abiotic Factors in Crater Lake Lake
Rain Mammals in Crater Lake Park Antelope
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
Pika Plants in Crater Lake Whitebark Pines Hemlocks Moss (mystery moss) Endangered Animal:
Northern Spotted Owl
American Peregrine Falcon Prevention?
There is talk about rehabilitation to Highway 62 W that will cause endangerment to these species. NPS is trying to delay this construction as long as possible by providing information to how this project could harm these animals and the entire park.