Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous

Join Us For Our Fifth Annual Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous!

Five years ago, we received the amazing news that Oregon's most famous wolf, OR-7, had found a mate, sired pups, and had taken up residence in the south Cascades as the alpha male of Western Oregon's first confirmed wolf pack since the 1940s - the Rogue pack!

This was incredibly inspiring news for all of us at Oregon Wild. Wolf recovery in Oregon has endured its fair share of twists and turns since then, but the Rogue Pack has continued to take up residence in Oregon Wild's flagship Crater Lake Wilderness proposal! 

Since 2010, we've led an annual Wolf Rendezvous in Northeast Oregon to allow our supporters an opportunity to immerse themselves in wolf country, learn about the issues facing wolf recovery in Oregon, and explore the landscape that this keystone species now inhabits. Now that OR-7's Rogue Pack has made history by taking up residence in the south Cascades, we're hosting the fifth annual Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous.

Please see below for the trip details and how to register.

Explore Crater Lake and Oregon's wolf country

  • WHAT: The Fifth Annual Oregon Wild Crater Lake Wolf Rendezvous
  • WHEN: Thursday September 26 - Sunday September 29, 2019
  • WHERE: The wildlands around Crater Lake. Participants are responsible for transportation to the Crater Lake area, but we'll take care of transportation during the trip. Oregon Wild can also help facilitate carpools getting to/from the area.
  • HOW MUCH: This trip is only open to Oregon Wild members at the Monument Level (which is donating at the $500 level or higher). You may become a member and sign up for the trip concurrently.
  • SIGN UP: Sign up by calling Development Director Jonathan Jelen at 503.283.6343 x 224 Otherwise you can sign up to learn more about future trips (select "Wolf Rendezvous"). 
  • CONTACT: Inquiries can be e-mailed to [email protected], but all reservations must be made by phone. 503.283.6343 x 224.

Join Oregon Wild for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore new gray wolf habitat within our Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal while camping just outside of Oregon's only national park.

This four-day, three-night excursion takes participants into the heart of the Rogue Pack's range which coincides with Oregon Wild's flagship Wilderness campaign to permanently protect over 500,000 acres in and around Oregon's only national park. With just over 100 known wolves in the entire state, it’s very unlikely that we'll see them, but exciting opportunities await campers, such as workshops (in previous years we've done photography, tracking, edible wild foods, and ecology), meetings with biologists, ranchers, and other area residents learning to live with wolves.

We’ll also enjoy scenic hikes and drives to the headwaters of the iconic Rogue River and through Crater Lake National Park.

The focus of this trip is learning about wolves, Wilderness, and the efforts to stand up for each of them. Hikes will be of moderate strenuousness. We'll be at a high altitude and you may get a bit of a workout, but there will be no extreme climbing. If you're in good hiking shape, you'll be fine.

In previous years, trips have filled quickly and we expect that to continue. Read more about wolves and the Wolf Rendezvous below.


Sample itinerary

The 2019 itinerary will be similar but different and is subject to change based upon confirmation and availability of speakers, weather, and the overall fitness of the group

Day 1:

  • Arrival, welcome
  • Short leg-stretching hike
  • Discussion with local wildlife biologist
  • Potluck dinner
  • Campfire discussion of wolf recovery in Oregon

Day 2:

  • Breakfast
  • Meeting with USFWS wolf biologist in the field
  • Short hike looking for signs of wolf activity
  • Lunch in the field
  • Hike along the Rogue River
  • Buffet-style dinner in camp
  • Camp-fire discussion
  • Optional evening excursion

Day 3:

  • Breakfast
  • Crater Lake National Park exploration
  • Discussion with Crater Lake National Park Wildlife Biologist
  • Lunch at scenic lookout
  • Hiking in Crater Lake National Park led Oregon Wild staff
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • S'mores and campfire discussion in camp

Day 4:

  • Breakfast
  • Optional hike
  • Lunch and depart

What's included:
Breakfasts, lunches, one dinner, transportation during event, access to campground toilets, expertise, guiding, and planning.

What you are responsible for:
Transportation to Crater Lake area, camping gear and personal items, one potluck dinner item, one dinner at local eatery, and having a great time!

How much is it and how do I sign up?
This members-only hike is free for Monument Level Members ($500 & up). You may become a member at the time of sign-up. You can sign up and check on your membership status by contacting Oregon Wild’s Portland office at 503.283.6343 x 224 and ask for Jonathan. You can also sign up here to learn about future trips (select "Wolf Rendezvous"). E-mail inquiries may be sent to [email protected]. Please note you can not sign up by e-mail. If you are unable to contact us, please leave a voicemail.

We expect demand for the trip will exceed the number of available spots. Should this happen, slots will be filled in order of confirmation, and messages will be returned in the order they are received. A limited waitlist will be created for those who want to join the trip. In previous years waitlisters have made it on the trip.

Learn More:

Photos courtesy of Rendezvous participants and ODFW.



Wolf photos courtesy ODFW