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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Distance riders get rare opportunities to peddle along a beautiful route without traffic concerns.
The Northwest’s premier outdoor summer music festival presents performances by artists in pop, rock, country, bluegrass, folk, classical, world music and more.
Skiiers, snowboarders and snowshoers rejoice! The abundance of snowparks and mountain peaks in Southern Oregon offer a winter wonderland for every snow-lover.
Options ranging from nationally ranked championship courses to afforadble family-friendly ones make Southern Oregon a must play for golfers of all skill levels.
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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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.”
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.
Salmon, Sturgeon and Trout, oh my! There are countless opportunities to enjoy a relaxing day fishing all over Southern Oregon.
For those seeking the thrill of whitewater (minus the rafting!) check out the wilderness adventure that is jetboating.
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.
Spend your next gorgeous summer day on the Rogue River standing up! Northwest Rafting Company offers lessons for the increasingly popular sport, paddleboarding.
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 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.
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.
No matter where you are in Southern Oregon, you'll always be able to park the RV at one of the abundant RV Campgrounds.
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.