While snow play opportunities are abundant in Klamath County, they are not the only winter recreation choices. When there is no snow or you are looking for other activities, there are many more choices.
Several museums will be found in downtown Klamath Falls. The Klamath County Museum, on the east end of Main Street, is brimming with local historic artifacts, and the staff and volunteers are veritable fonts of knowledge. The Favell Museum is at the opposite end of Main Street, and is a unique combination Western and Native American art gallery and museum. The miniature gun collection is sure to impress even the toughest critics, and the near 60,000-piece arrowhead collection is one of the largest in the country. The Klamath Children’s Museum is fun for all ages and offers interactive exhibits and classes for learning about science and technology.
Boutique shopping and antique stores are sure to satisfy anyone looking for an interesting buy. Need a place to take a break and have a snack or meal? There are an unexpected number of eateries to choose from, ranging from humble bakeries like the Green Blade to fine dining restaurants, such as Roosters Steak and Chop House, and everything in between. No matter your appetite, it will be satisfied in Klamath Falls.
The Ross Ragland Theater is a year-around performing arts center with near-perfect sight lines and acoustics, which means there’s not a bad seat in the 800-seat house. The totally remodeled theater provides an excellent venue for touring shows and local productions. Enjoy the 1940s Art Deco style architecture of what was once the famous Esquire Theater.
Many folks might not consider swimming in an outdoor pool a winter activity in Klamath County, but the municipal pool of Klamath Falls (the Ella Redkey Pool) is open year-around thanks to the geothermal heat properties of the area. Nothing beats a warm swim while it’s snowing! Another unexpected pastime in Klamath Falls is the 5,000-square-foot indoor climbing gym called The Ledge. Visitors can climb freestyle or sign up for classes to help you navigate the rigors of vertical indoor climbing.
If you are looking for more outdoor adventure, but not necessarily snow, get involved in one of America’s fastest growing past times: Bird Watching. Klamath County is a birders paradise. A drive along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway (VLSB) will provide ample opportunity for bird watching, especially in the six refuges making up the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge complex. Being a major stop on the Pacific Flyway, over 300 species of birds stop and/or migrate in this region. In addition to amazing scenery and wildlife, several of the refuges maintain blinds for use by photographers. Call ahead to reserve your spot.
Lava Beds National Monument – the second most visited attraction in the Klamath basin - is also located along the VLSB and offers a rich geographic and historic experience with more than 700 lava tube caves and Modoc War markers. World War II history buffs won’t want to miss the nearby site of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, which housed Americans of Japanese descent during WWII, and is the only site in the lower 48 states to be part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Camp Tule Lake is also included in the designation and is the former home of not only interned Japanese Americans, but Italian and German prisoners of war. Finally, the Mitchell Monument, east of Klamath Falls near Bly, is the site where the only deaths of Americans occurred on the continent directly caused by enemy action during WWII.
Whether you are looking for wildlife, history or culture, Klamath County has many unexpected choices, which is why we say Klamath County is “Oregon Unexpected.”