Quick Fun Facts
Crater Lake was first measured in 1886 with a simple piano wire sounding machine at a depth of 1,996 feet. That’s incredibly close to the measurements taken with sonar equipment over a hundred years later.
Another anomaly in the lake is the presence of a sustained population of at least two species of fish, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon, which were introduced during stocking between 1888 and 1941. There are no indigenous fish due to the way in which the lake was formed.
Crater Lake was named in 1869 by the editor of the Oregon Sentinel in Jacksonville, John Sutton. He named it for the beautiful symmetrical shape of the bowl. Before this it had been known as the unimaginative “Blue Lake" and “Majesty Lake."
One of the lesser known attractions at the lake is the "Old Man of the Lake", a tree that has been bobbing up and down vertically in the lake for over a century. It was first documented in 1896 and free floated all over the lake until 1988, when it was tethered to Wizard Island to prevent boating hazards.
Crater Lake gets an average of 533 inches of snow every year and it isn’t odd to find up to 15 feet of snow on the ground throughout the winter season.
To see unique things at Crater Lake, here are three government operated webcams in the Crater Lake area that can be viewed by the public.