Welcome to Southern Oregon, an amazing vacation destination located mid-way between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco.
This is home to Crater Lake, Oregon’s only national park.
We welcome adventure travelers, those who fish, rafters and those who hike. Got a bike? Ride it here.
Love craft beer and wine? Get a taste of this.
This is a bird watcher paradise. This is the land of Shakespeare. Charming bed & breakfasts and elegant hotels are available to help you enjoy your stay.
Experience Southern Oregon. We'll look forward to your return visit.
Watch the CBS News video featuring "The Old Man of the Lake" which originally appeared on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016
Italicized content below is provided by the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon. / All photos are provided by Bill Cockrell
Note: Map navigation points on this page are approximations of the bridges' actual locations.
One of Southern Oregon's greatest attractions is the countryside itself. And, seeking out the region's old covered bridges is a good way to get away from traffic and see rural areas.
There are 11 covered bridges in Southern Oregon. We've grouped them on this page from north to south for easy reference. To learn more about each bridge and take advantage of Google mapping, click the bridge name.
Klamath County, home of Crater Lake National Park, and is located smack dab in the middle of the largest migratory bird route in the West. One topnotch to-do event each year is the Winter Wings Festival, where birdwatchers see the largest wintering population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states.
The snow is falling and it’s time to grab your gear and get outside. Whether you like speed, scenery or simply silence, there’s plenty to do here each winter. Here's some recreation information about downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country or Nordic skiing, snowshoe access at Crater Lake and throughout Southern Oregon.
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.
Wine Enthusiast magazine unveiled its annual list of top wine travel destinations in January and perhaps turned some heads with a non-traditional collection of international locations. The magazine offers its readership new places to consider. In the top 10 for 2016 is Ashland and Southern Oregon.
Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rivers provide a beautiful and thrilling rafting experience for any skill level. Few places in America present outdoor enthusiasts more excitement and variety than beautiful Southern Oregon.
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Photo courtesy Momentum River Expeditions
Whitewater rafting on Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rivers offers breathtaking scenery, abundant forests and waterfalls, and a full range of mild to expert trips. The area is rich in Western history with old cabins, mines, and long-deserted Indian settlements dotting many runs.
"When it comes to river rafting, there’s nothing like Southern Oregon,” says Pete Wallstrom, owner of Momentum River Expeditions. “In the spring, one of the craziest rides is on the Illinois River. In the summer, we have the Rogue River. It’s everything people imagine a wilderness trip would be.”
Then there’s the Upper Klamath River, another of Pete’s favorites. “It’s one of the best stretches of summer whitewater in the country,” he says. “It’s a little less well known and that's the reason we go there.”
Southern Oregon is home to world-class fishing and rafting rivers, mountains for skiing, biking and hiking, and green valleys that produce award-winning wines. It's also home to North America's deepest lake and Oregon's only National Park, Crater Lake, which graces the back of Oregon's state quarter.
From the valley to the high desert, wildlife and nightlife share space. Southern Oregon is home to a pair of well-known attractions - the Britt Music Festival and Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival - and to dozens of museums, art galleries, theaters, antique malls and tax-free shopping.
A ribbon of National Scenic Byways await, just a short drive from the California border. Follow the Redwood Highway to Grants Pass and the legendary Rogue and Umpqua rivers, where you'll find river adventures, jetboating, rafting, fishing and much more.
Discover Crater Lake National Park on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway and experience the mountain lakes and world-class birding of the Klamath Basin and Oregon's Outback region.
History buffs will recognize the region as the site of Oregon's 19th-century gold rush, an era preserved within the boundaries of Jacksonville, a National Historic Landmark town.