It goes without saying that the Klamath Basin is a premier fishing area. Trophy trout exceeding 10-12 pounds migrate every year between Upper Klamath Lake and the frigid waters rising from Crater Lake. This is paradise for a fly-fisherman. Largemouth bass, perch, crappie and catfish lurk in the warmer waters of the many small lakes in the region. Also, the Basin is a magnet for water fowl hunters. We can help you make arrangements with local guides and outfitters. All this being said, below are just a few more recreational activities to be found in the area.
Now that you are here, what is there to do?
Sky Lakes Wilderness and Mountain Lakes Wilderness are both nearby. They encompass over 100 miles of trails, ranging in difficulty from Easy to Very Strenuous, and in altitude from 4,600 feet to 8,000 feet. Most allow no mechanical transport. Most trailheads are accessible by vehicle. For a real challenge, think about the 11 mile round trip from the parking lot to the summit of 9,495 foot Mt. McLoughlin.
The Fremont Trail system provides almost 75 miles of trail bike riding ranging from Family to Experienced rider. The OC&E rails to trails path is 64 miles from Klamath Falls, OR to Bly, OR. Self guided auto tours range from the 50 mile Medicine Lake Volcano loop to the 171 mile Outback National Scenic Byway, and don't forget the incredible 33 mile Rim Drive around Crater Lake. Many safe bicycle paths await the avid cyclist. For a real challenge, try the tough one-day or pleasant two-day ride around Upper Lake Klamath.
ON FOUR LEGS:
Many of the National Forest trails in the area allow horses where mechanical vehicles are banned. Day rides or camping trips utilizing pack animals are a great way to get away from civilization for a while. Don' own a horse? Local outfitters can provide anything you need. For the more laid back horse people, local stables offer horse back riding on well groomed trails.
The signed Upper Klamath Canoe Trail runs from Rocky Point on the south to Malone Springs on the north. The trail can be entered from either end. The Wocus Cut portion of the trail is for non-motorized only. Several other canoe and kayak trails are available. Various white water raft trips on the Rogue River are available, ranging from Class I to IV.
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the clearest fresh water lakes in the world. It offers SCUBA divers a special challenge but also a unique experience. The lake is accessible to divers from about June 15 through about September 15 due to extreme snow conditions.
There is an abundance of cross-country skiing trails nearby but the local favorite is the 33-mile trip around the Rim at Crater Lake. It can be done in one day but many choose to pull a sled on a two or three day camping trip. The park is open for skiing all winter and averages 500 inches of snow a year. Snow mobiles are allowed on the North entrance road. There are many other trails in the area that allow the use of snow mobiles. For a special treat, let us set you up with a real dog sled trip, courtesy of Briar's Patch Sled Dogs. Rides are available year round utilizing a special built 4 wheel dog sled in the summer months.(weather permitting) The National Park Service offers free guided snowshoe interpretive tours in Crater Lake National Park starting Thanksgiving week. Annie Creek Snow Park is just 7 or 8 minutes from us and offers a wide variety of snow based fun.
The Bill Collier Community Ice Arena is open from October to April. Located at the Running Y in Klamath Falls.
ARTS AND THE THEATER:
The Tony award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival at nearby Ashland, Or. runs from February through October. The Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls offers a wide variety during the entire year.
There are several World War II related sites as well as many CCC projects from the Depression years in the area. There are also a fair number of historic fire lookouts with breathtaking views of the surrounding country. A self-guided tour of the Old Town historic area of Klamath Falls is available.
WINE MAKING AND VINEYARDS:
Southern Oregon is fast becoming a leading wine producer. Several wineries are within an hour or two. Most offer tasting rooms and tours of their plants.
Klamath Falls offers The Klamath County Museum, depicting the influences that have helped shape the region. Take a guided tour of the Victorian age at the Baldwin Hotel, a National Historic Landmark. The Favell Museum features an extensive private collection of contemporary Western art and Indian memorabilia. The Fort Klamath museum is located on the site of the 1863 U.S. Army fort, which played an important role in the Modoc War of 1873. The Collier Memorial State Park and Logging Museum offers a unique collection of logging artifacts and pioneer buildings. The Klamath Tribal Museum, near Chiloquin, displays art and artifacts of the Klamath and Modoc tribes. Train Mountain Railroad Museum offers more than 13 miles of 7 1/2 gauge mainline track.
The winter roost of the Bald Eagle is here in the Klamath Basin. There are literally thousands of them here. Each February/March, a Bald Eagle Conference is held in Klamath Falls. We are at the intersection of the Klamath Basin Birding Trail and the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail. Visitors here can add significantly to their lifetime sighting totals.
And finally, there are many sights to see and photograph. Crater Lake just has to be seen in person. No photo can really do it justice. In addition, every mountain, butte and overlook in the area has magnificent views, each more spectacular than the next. Somewhat difficult to reach but well worth the effort are Mt. McLoughlin and Gearhart Mountain. Everywhere you go you will find abundant wild life to photograph.