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Summer Lake

Travel to Summer Lake

Venturing to Summer Lake is an experience that offers more than just a destination; it’s a passage through the breathtaking high desert of Oregon. The drive takes approximately 4 hours from Eugene, transporting you to a landscape that juxtaposes rolling hills with the serene Summer Lake basin. Heading up from Reno, Nevada, expect a drive time of about 5 hours, presenting changing vistas from the high desert to the expansive lake region as you explore Highway 31. The nearest commercial airport is located in Medford, around 3.5 hours away, connecting you to this remote yet lovely part of Southern Oregon.

Summer Lake Hot Springs: A Natural Geothermal Oasis

The Summer Lake Hot Springs is on the list for visiting Summer Lake. These natural geothermal hot springs are a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Visitors can soak in the mineral waters that have been flowing for thousands of years, surrounded by the tranquil high desert landscape. The hot springs offer indoor and outdoor pools, providing a serene experience that harmonizes with nature, no matter the season.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area: A Birder’s Paradise

Another exceptional reason to visit Summer Lake is its expansive wildlife area. The Summer Lake Wildlife Area is a sanctuary for bird watchers and wildlife photographers, offering a chance to observe various migratory birds and other wildlife. With over 18,000 acres of wetlands, it is a critical stopover on the Pacific Flyway. The area’s viewing platforms and interpretive displays enhance the experience, making it educational and enjoyable for visitors of all ages.

Stargazing at Summer Lake: A Dark Sky Haven

Summer Lake presents a celestial feast for stargazers and astronomers – a truly dark sky haven where the Milky Way stretches across the horizon with astonishing clarity. Far removed from the light pollution of major cities, the area offers an unobstructed view of the night sky’s splendor, making it a prime destination for anyone eager to witness the universe’s grandeur. Travelers come to Summer Lake to gaze at constellations, spot distant planets, and catch meteor showers in some of the darkest skies in the Pacific Northwest. With its tranquil environment and high-altitude location, Summer Lake provides an idyllic backdrop for unforgettable nocturnal experiences, photography, and the joy of starry contemplation.

Things To Do

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Southern Oregon Outback

Adel Cafe Saloon & Store

If you want to rub elbows with the cowboys right off the range this is the place. It’s a wonderful […]

18586 Highway 140 E
Adel, OR. 97620
541-947-3851
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Fresche Restaurant

Nothing is frozen or canned, everything is fresh and cooked to order. Wednesday nights is handmade pasta and Thursdays are […]

508 North 1st Street
Lakeview, OR. 97630
(541) 947-2593
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Founded in 1984, Stringer's Orchard Winery is family owned and operated.  The winery is nestled in Goose Lake Valley with […]

Box 191 - Hwy 395
New Pine Creek, OR. 97635
(530) 946-4112
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Ana Reservoir RV Park

If you are wanting to get away and enjoy some peace and quiet, Ana Reservoir RV Park is the location […]

84594 Carlon Lane
Summer Lake, OR. 97640
541-943-3240
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Jack Rabbit Junction RV Park

87114 Christmas Valley Hwy.
Christmas Valley, OR. 97641
541-576-4625
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Sage Room Motel

Southern Oregon is full of lush scenery, and Paisley is no exception to this beautiful landscape. Our town is right […]

441 Hwy. 31
Paisley, OR. 97636
541-943-3145
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Southern Oregon Outback

Moss Pass Trailhead

Provides access to: Fremont National Recreation Trail #160 – Middle Segment a portion of the Fremont National Recreation Trail #160. Located 50 […]

Paisley, OR.
541-943-3114
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Abert Rim Outfitters LLC

1117 Linda Ln
Lakeview, OR. 97630-1659
(541) 698-6048
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Southern Oregon Outback

Chewy Valley

This segment of the Oregon Timber Trail shows off the very best of high-desert riding. It takes you across prairies, […]

Paisley, OR.
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