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Oregon’s Outback


Or lace up your boots and go for a hike. Grab your binoculars, a paddle, a rock hammer, twist the throttle, pedal harder, tighten your saddle, fill up the tank, and hit the road. Lake County—Oregon’s third least densely populated county— is chock full of adventure. Sure, we’ve got hot springs but we also have a geyser. And mountain bike trails that crest 8,000’. And the largest inland sand dunes in the Pacific Northwest? Yeah, you can ride your quad there. The history of native peoples here dates back more than 14,000 years. Two hang gliding launch sites are perched in the mountains and a handful of caves are hidden in lava flows. Well-stocked lakes full of trout and the darkest skies in the lower 48. And don’t even get us started on the sunsets.

Lake County is populated by less than one person per square mile, and about 4/5ths of it is public land. The locals are few and far between (that’s the way they like it) but they make up for it in generosity. Grab a pint at the saloon and you’re bound to make a few friends. This is a vast rugged country that shapes the people that live and visit here just as much as we’ve shaped it. The Oregon Outback title is well earned and we hope you’ll have just as much fun finding its secrets as we did. Heck, you’ll probably even find some new ones.

The Southern Oregon Outback Outdoor Recreation Map is our guide to trails, backroads, campgrounds, historic sites & adventure in Lake County.

For more information and to pick up brochures visit


In a noisy, busy world, Oregon extends a quiet invitation: Come find yourself in our wild places  and please, take care out there. Help preserve the state’s outdoor spaces by following these responsible recreation values: Prepare. Care. Connect. And be sure the pack the 10 Essentials before you go outside. For more info visit