Lake of the Woods Resort, on Highway 140 West, sits beside one of the clearest natural lakes in the Southern Cascades. The resort is truly a hub destination for locals and visitors alike. Only about 40 miles from the communities of Klamath Falls, Medford, and Ashland, it is perfect for a day trip, weekend get-away or a full vacation stay.
The resort has been in use for 91 years, but it is no ancient relic. It has been beautifully remodeled and updated over the years. The lodge restaurant was rebuilt after a fire in 1950, but the marina and general store buildings are original. The restaurant is in a multi-year improvement project that will result in several options for dining and relaxed fun with even more stunning views of the lake. Don’t worry about a construction mess; it’s being kept out of sight.
Owner John Doherty and Resort Manager, George Gregory, are passionate about the property and it shows in every detail from the color of paint on the Adirondack chairs that dot the landscape to the wonderful summer events schedule. They are dedicated to keeping true to the history of the resort, and that dedication can be seen in the recently constructed gazebo that provides an elegant lakeside setting for a wedding or group gathering. This duo has somehow managed to find the perfect balance that differentiates “vintage” from “old.”
Classic movies are played lakeside every Friday night starting in late June. Saturdays feature a family BBQ and live music. Sunday is a mellow day with live easy-listening music on the 1,600-square-foot deck that provides a view of the lake that will make you want to come back again and again.
Future plans include building out the second story of the lodge restaurant and relocating the bar and lounge to the meticulously remodeled space above. The existing dining room will then be doubled in size, possibly with enough space left for the installation of an on-site bakery.
Their big plans of making Lake of the Woods Resort a premier vintage mountain resort are well on their way to fruition. The resort has an atmosphere that harkens to a simpler time, but with casual luxury and all the amenities of a modern resort.
Not everyone is looking for a cabin right in the heart of the property, so for those folks seeking a camping experience in the area, Lake of the Woods also manages four Forest Service spots: Aspen Campground, Sunset Campground, Rainbow Bay Day Use; and for the first time this year, 4 Mile Lake Campground.
In addition to the natural wonders, trails and historic buildings to explore, Lake of the Woods offers a wide variety of recreational activities. The lake is a mecca for water play, including boating, fishing, water skiing, jet skis, paddle boarding or simply splashing around. The clear Cascade Mountain Range water is crisp and inviting. Fishing permits and some equipment rentals are available at the marina, plus resort staff can help with any questions regarding lodging, dining and recreation available at the resort and the four Forest Service areas.
July 4 - Annual Fireworks Display attracting thousands
September 7 - Annual triathlon (550-yard swim, 3-mile run/walk, 9.5-mile cycle ride)
September 21 - Rib & Chili Cookoff and Classic & Custom Car Show
For more information, visit www.LakeoftheWoodsResort.com