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Rivers & Lakes of Southern Oregon

Raft, kayak, fish and swim in pristine waters with stunning views at our rivers and lakes.

Southern Oregon is known for its crystal clear lakes and scenic rivers. So when the temperatures start to rise, people grab their fishing tackle, boats and kayaks and head out to play.


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Chewaucan River

From Paisley in Lake County go south 19 miles to the Chewaucan River for a summer swim, do some fly fishing or even take a beautiful hike any time of year.

Illinois River

Take your pick of places to swim, fish, and camp on the Illinois River. Pristine green waters await you on this wild and scenic river with lots of opportunity for day use along with overnight float trips.

North Umpqua

The North Umpqua is renowned for its very fishable waters, but the opportunities are endless for other outdoor adventures like rafting, hiking, and swimming or even explore the seventeen thundering waterfalls along highway 138.

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Rogue River

The mighty Rogue River “Wild & Scenic” designation draws fishermen and rafters from all over the world. Its varied rapids, from the calmest waters to class IV rapids, make it an ideal place for adventuring for all.

South Umpqua

Visit the South Umpqua Falls natural water slides where you can swim, look for crawdads, rock jump and float down the river.  Or just find your perfect spot along the river and swim in serenity. See more of what you can experience here.

Wood River

Take a gorgeous drive to Jackson F Kimball State Park in Fort Klamath. Bring cash for the day use fee and then paddle the day away in your kayak or canoe in the turquoise blue waters of the Wood River.  The waterway takes you under a couple of bridges and Discover Klamath tells us that it can be also accessed via the upper part of Agency Lake and by paddling upstream through the Wood River Wetlands.


Applegate Lake

At Applegate Lake there are two swimming areas or you can take your boat out for fishing. It’s a perfect place for a family picnic and lazing the day away. If you like to hike there is a 17.5-mile trail along the shoreline.  May through September the campground and store are open to grab your day pass and reserve your camp site. Also, nearby is the Collings Mountain Trail where you can visit Oregon’s (if not the world’s) one and only bigfoot trap.

Crater Lake

The crown jewel of Southern Oregon lakes is Crater Lake, the deepest lake in America and home to Crater Lake National Park. You can get to Crater Lake from Roseburg, Klamath Falls or Medford — no matter how you get here, be prepared to be amazed by the bluest water you’ve ever seen!

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake is tucked into the Deschutes National Forest, with plenty of recreation options for the whole family. Bring your tent or RV, or rent a yurt to enjoy more than just the day use.  Crescent Lake Resort right across the dam offers supplies and all the water toys you could want: Sea-Doos, fishing boats, kayaks, aqua cycles and paddle boards.

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Diamond Lake

Summer or winter, Diamond Lake is an outdoor lover’s playground. Rent a cabin, hike, bike, fish or horseback ride in the summer. In the winter take on cross-country skiing, tubing, snowmobiling or snowshoeing.

Emigrant Lake County Park

Emigrant Lake is at the south of Ashland and is the the perfect place for all water sports including swimming. You can tent camp or bring your RV to enjoy amazing views of the lake and mountains. There is also a day use area with a playground, volleyball courts and lots of covered areas with barbecues for events.

Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods is a great spot to camp or stay in a lake cabin.  On site at the marina you can rent a variety of watercrafts in the summer. During the winter go snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, and if it gets cold enough do some ice fishing.

Lost Creek Lake

Spend a day or a week and camp at Lost Creek Lake. Hike 18 miles around the whole lake or rent any of their water toys including boats, Sea-Doos and kayaks.