Outdoor activities in Southern Oregon

Celebrate birdwatching in the Klamath Basin-Part 2

Sometimes you just need to get away. Get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life, chores, responsibility and everything else. Get away with your family, a best friend, your special someone or even alone. A new top-favorite for me to do this at is the Running Y Ranch Resort, located just minutes from downtown Klamath Falls and less than an hour jaunt from Crater Lake National Park.

48 Hours for Kids in Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls is best known, perhaps, as a gateway to Crater Lake National Park — and yes, you must go during your stay — but this town has much more going for it than an easy commute to one of the world’s most scenic lakes. It’s also on the migration path of hundreds of bird species, everything from magnificent bald eagles to waterfowl. Ready to make a family weekend of it? Here’s how.

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

Explore Crater Lake by bike

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.

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

Winter fishing on the South Coast

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.

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.

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

Enjoy Crater Lake’s 'backyard'

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.

Photos courtesy Lonesome Duck Ranch

Lonesome Duck: Your quiet getaway

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.

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

Explore Harris Beach State Park

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. 

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.

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

Ride a Coastal Scenic Bikeway

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.

Ride Ashland's Scenic Bikeway

Here's a ride with big rewards for anyone ready to put in the hard work. The 55-mile Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway, which starts and ends in beautiful Ashland, includes 5,085 feet of steep and winding climbing through oak savannah and fir forests. It also features some of the fastest descending you'll ever hope to find.

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.”

Things to do at Crater Lake

Crater Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains range, is Oregon’s shimmering blue gem. It’s a must-see landmark during any trip to Southern Oregon.

Tour reflects Crater Lake's beauty

A Crater Lake boat tour lets you touch the astonishingly clear, blue water, gaze at the stark, rocky shore, and marvel at the water's reflections. This is all about the experience, seeing this natural wonder from the water line up.

The National Park Service is setting aside  vehicle-free  days from Rim Drive around Crater Lake.

Crater Lake caters to cyclists

Distance riders get rare opportunities to peddle along a beautiful route without traffic concerns.

Ski & Snowsports

Skiiers, snowboarders and snowshoers rejoice! The abundance of snowparks and mountain peaks in Southern Oregon offer a winter wonderland for every snow-lover.

Championship Golf

Options ranging from nationally ranked championship courses to afforadble family-friendly ones make Southern Oregon a must play for golfers of all skill levels.

Find Your Thrill in a Raft

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.

Select a Southern Oregon rafting outfitter and map your way directions on your mobile device.

Try a kayak sometime.

On The Water

From the rugged coast of the Pacific Ocean, to the vivid blue of Crater Lake, adventure on the water awaits you here in Southern Oregon.

Fishing

Salmon, Sturgeon and Trout, oh my! There are countless opportunities to enjoy a relaxing day fishing all over Southern Oregon.

Jetboats

For those seeking the thrill of whitewater (minus the rafting!) check out the wilderness adventure that is jetboating.

Road Cycling

Whether you're looking for challenging climbs, beautiful scenery or nice flat loops, the low-traffic backroads of Southern Oregon provide the ideal ride for any cyclist.

Photo courtesy Northwest Rafting Company

Learn how to 'walk on water'

Spend your next gorgeous summer day on the Rogue River standing up! Northwest Rafting Company offers lessons for the increasingly popular sport, paddleboarding.

Hiking

To truly experience all Southern Oregon has to offer, you'll want to walk. Hundreds of hikes are available for any skill level through historic towns and beautiful wilderness.

Lighthouses on the Coast

Lighthouses have always been a classic beacon home to those at sea. The five situated on the Southern Oregon Coast are a must-see for every explorer, whether on land or water.

Birding

Planning your birding trip in Southern Oregon, you'll find many wonderful possibilities, home to one of the Nation's top birding hotspots, where bird diversity and abundance captivate you year-round.

RV Campgrounds

No matter where you are in Southern Oregon, you'll always be able to park the RV at one of the abundant RV Campgrounds.

State Parks and Overnight Camping

When was the last time you shared a camping adventure with your family? If it’s been a while, let Southern Oregon’s exquisite state and county parks, plus quality RV resorts be your home away from home.

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