Nature & Wildlife

Nature & Wildlife


Crater Lake National Park’s 180,000-plus heavily forested acres high in the Cascade mountains are home to a diverse range of plants and wildlife.

As you explore the park, you might spot bears, coyotes, elk, porcupines, amphibians, and more, plus a range of birds and insects.

The lake and streams in the park are home to diverse species of fish and animals, including the endangered bull trout and the Mazama newt, which is only found at Crater Lake.

The park’s vegetation ranges from mixed conifer forests dominated by ponderosa pine in the south to high-elevation mountain hemlock and whitebark pine forest at the rim. The park is a sanctuary for native forest and meadow communities. And in the lake itself, you’ll find layers of aquatic moss.