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Diving Crater Lake

Recreational divers hike more than a mile for a rare scuba trip into Crater Lake. Their backbreaking journey takes them to breathtakingly clear water to see bizarre mystery moss around Wizard Island.

First Broadcast: 2011
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer/Editor: Michael Bendixen
Videographer: Todd Sonflieth
Additional Video: USGS
Additional Video: Michael Mish
Safety Diver: Steve Linzell

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Diving Crater Lake; Pixieland Restored; Portland Mounted Patrol Unit (2208)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #2208
Original Broadcast: February 3, 2011