Outdoor activities in Southern Oregon

The vast natural diversity Southern Oregon offers presents amazing opportunities to embrace your inner adventurer. Take a walk through old-growth forests, spend the day on a river or explore some caves. You can cross every outdoor excursion off your bucket list here!

Birding | Camping | Crater Lake | Cycling | Fishing | Golf | Hiking | Jetboats | Lighthouses | On the Water | Oregon Caves | Rafting | RVs | Scenic Drives | Snow Sports

Explore Crater Lake by bike

At Ride the Rim in September, cyclists, runners and hikers get to enjoy the pristine beauty of Crater Lake National Park’s East Rim Drive without vehicle traffic. Photo by Tyler Roemer

When the summer crowds and intense heat fade but the sunshine remains, the air is crisp and the light golden. Late September is a magical time in Oregon’s parks — the perfect time for a joyride on two wheels at either of two organized events: Crater Lake’s Ride the Rim event, and National Bike Your Park Day.

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Winter fishing on the South Coast

Winter-run steelhead are the main attraction because of their size and extremely hard fight.Photo courtesy Wild Rivers Fishing

Oregon’s South Coast is home to some of the best fishing in the West. Hear from an expert why the Chetco, Elk and Sixes rivers offer unique winter fishing experiences.

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4 reasons to love the Chetco River

When Oregon has so many stunning waterways to visit and enjoy, what’s so magical about the lesser-known Chetco River? Here are four great reasons from someone who knows the area well.

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Enjoy Crater Lake’s 'backyard'

The Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is easy to access and even easier to navigate. Photo by Carla Shryock

Crater Lake National Park is Oregon’s most beautiful destination. But don’t think it’s time to head home once you leave. There’s plenty to do and see in northern Klamath County, an area local residents like to call “Crater Lake’s backyard.” Here are some ideas on how to maximize your visit.

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Lonesome Duck: Your quiet getaway

Photos courtesy Lonesome Duck Ranch

Lonesome Duck Ranch as an ideal place for fly fishing and bird watching along the tranquil Williamson River. It's located 25 miles north of Klamath Falls and 39 scenic miles from the crater’s rim inside Crater Lake National Park. Two comfortable, fully equipped guest houses await you.

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Explore Harris Beach State Park

Shoreline and intertidal rocks between the park s north and south beqches.

It’s famous for sandy beaches, scenic rock formations, colorful tide pools, outstanding bird watching and frequently seen marine life. A visit to Harris Beach State Park in Brookings offers up the best of the breathtaking Oregon Coast with a wide variety of recreational and touring options nearby. 

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Oregon Caves National Monument

Though only 480 acres, Oregon Caves National Monument provides a larger-than-life experience. Hike through the old-growth forest above and explore the natural marble cave below.

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Ride a Coastal Scenic Bikeway

Wild Rivers Coast Scenic BikewayPhoto by Russ Roca, Path Less Pedaled

The Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway is a 60-mile ride anchored in the quaint fishing hamlet of Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon Coast. Here you can count on a great cup of coffee before you head out on a moderate  61-mile ride with breathtaking ocean vistas and rural roads.

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Ride Ashland's Scenic Bikeway

Cascade Siskiyou Scenic BikewayPhoto by Muuqi Maxwell

Ready to ride? The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway incorporates 5,085 feet of steep and winding climbing through oak savannah into fir forests, showcasing the ecologically diverse ecosystem of the region. The route starts and ends in beautiful Ashland.

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Zip High Near Crater Lake

Here's a chance to soar through the trees. All you need is a harness, a helmet and a spirit of adventure smack in the middle of a forest canopy.

“We have views to the mountains, to Klamath Lake – plus we are in these amazing giant trees that just take your breath away.”

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