Visitors constantly say
to us how surprised and
delighted they are with our diversity and wealth of attractions!
We are the home of Crater Lake, one of the natural wonders of the world.
We are rated #1 on Sunset Magazine’s list of Fantastic Five Birding destinations in the West!
Here is a website www.klms.net with maps and descriptions of some of the best places for Auto Tours | Bicycle
Road Routes | Canoeing | Cross Country Skiing | Fishing | Historic Fire
Lookouts | Historic Trails | Horse Trails & Stock Facilities | Mountain Biking | Museums & Historic Buildings | Public Campgrounds | Rustic Camping | Scenic Viewpoints |
Skiing | Snowmobiling | Volcanic Legacy Byway | Watchable Wildlife| Waterfalls | World War II Sites & CCC Projects | Youth Activities
Klamath County can meet the needs of every level of golfer from beginner to those who want the challenge of a custom designed Arnold Palmer
course ranked 51st in America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest. Choose from: Running Y Ranch,
Harbor Links, Shield Crest, Reames, Round Lake, and Indian Camp.
For visitors who enjoy wildlife and beautiful scenery, the Klamath Basin features a wide variety of outdoor viewing opportunities – mountains, desert, lakes, forest, Lava Beds National Monument, etc., and land forms/ habitats ranging from rocky outcrops above the treeline
to extensive deep and shallow water marshes/ wetlands, including open water,
coniferous forests, juniper woodlands, sagebrush grasslands, grassy meadows and
rocky cliffs. Wild birds and animals are everywhere if one is quiet and
respectful of their homelands.
The Klamath Basin has thousands of acres of public land. What that means to you is that you can hike, cross-country ski, canoe, horseback
ride and enjoy other motorless activities in the wilderness areas; snowmobile,
bike, dog sled, and fish/ hunt in season on the rest.
Get your copy on-line! Recently published and already almost out of print you
can download the pdf of Forestry Trails of Klamath County: trail guide which highlights the forest
habitats associated with each trail, providing information on plants, wildlife
and natural history. (Click on their projects tab, then look for their
If you have a horse and would like to explore our public lands we suggest you
contact the High Desert Trail Riders Back Country Horsemen and get involved in their group. Their club goals are: ...dedicated to good horsemanship, good sportsmanship, the
promotion of horse trails and trail horse facilities, to provide an active
program of recreational riding. Membership is not limited to back country
horsemen. Although they have a number of members who pack with horses and
mules, most of their members do not pack, and are day riders who either camp at
the trailhead or drive in for a day ride. Back country packers, front country
riders, or any horse enthusiast who agrees that public lands should remain open
to the recreational use of stock are welcome.
Visit the websites of the government agencies responsible for managing our
public lands for information on where to go and what to do!
Klamath County, Oregon is breathtaking in the winter. Come here for all your snow sport activities! Can you imagine how wonderful it
is at Crater Lake National Park in the winter with up to 25 feet of snow on the ground?!! Plus there are thousands of acres of public lands...all just waiting for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, downhill skiers,
snow boarders, snowshoers, ice skaters, ice fishermen, and dog sledders to
explore. There are over 600 miles of groomed trails, a ski resort and untold hundreds of miles of soft powder trails for off-trail
explorers to revel on. For the most adventuresome, there is snowmobiling the
Pelican Butte Crater– a precipitous, heart-stopping ride! Call us and we’ll hook you up with our skiing clubs and snowmobiling clubs...they’ll be glad to show you around. Ask us, too, about the GREAT resorts that will warm you up and feed you when you’ve exhausted yourself from pleasure!
Western Klamath County features several beautiful lakes with Crescent Lake and Odell Lake being the largest and most popular. Move down
the rim of the Cascades to Diamond Lake, Crater Lake, the Seven Lakes Basin,
the Sky Lakes Wilderness area, Four Mile Lake, Lake of the Woods, Fish Lake,
the Mountain Lakes Wilderness area and Klamath Lake. Eastern Klamath County has beautiful lakes of its own in the Gearhart Mountain
area near Bly and at Gerber Reservoir. Choose from several rustic lakeside
resorts that feature great dining and rooms for a night’s rest in what truly is heaven.
Sailing & Windsurfing:
Davis, Odell, Crescent, Miller and Upper Klamath Lakes are popular destinations
for both sailors and windsurfers. Resorts in the area offer visitors overnight
lodging. The only water activity lacking in Klamath County is surfing.
Professional outfitters offer guided, whitewater rafting trips on the Klamath
River. Canoeing, water skiing and swimming may be enjoyed all across the
Exceptional outdoor experiences are waiting for you in our wilderness and high
mountain areas of the Klamath Basin. We recommend these trails for their beauty and general safety: Cold Springs;
4-Mile Lake’s Badger Lake Loop; Brown Mountain (for it’s huge old growth trees); the OC&E Trail especially at Devil’s Garden near Sprague River; Gearhart Mountain’s Palisade Trail; Varney Creek Trail plus any of the trails that head out from
Lake of the Woods, Fish Lake, Crescent Lake, Diamond Lake and Odell Lake. Ask
us about where to get maps.
Crater Lake National Park offers two paved parking lots suitable for horse
trailers. One is near Mazama Village; the other is where the Pacific Crest
Trail crosses Highway 62. Horses are only allowed on designated trails within
the park. Modoc County, just east of Klamath County also offers two horse
trails: Silver Creek Marsh Campground and Trailhead, and Antler Trailhead.
Campgrounds at both trailheads are geared for horse use.
Through the generosity of Pacific Power, 345 acres of woodlands and pasture was
donated to Klamath County for the development of Sportsman’s Park. The facility is open to the general public and offers Archery Trail & Field Ranges, a Sporting Clay Range, Rifle & Pistol Ranges, a 4X4 Obstacle and Drag Course, Motorcycle/ATV Courses and a
Radio Controlled Aircraft Field. Klamath Falls - Klamath Sportsman's Park, 5 mi
W. of Keno, OR - Hwy 66, Klamath Falls, OR 97602. Phone: 541-882-0944
Facilities include: Outdoor Pistol (50 M), Outdoor Rifle (300, 600 M), Archery
Range Access: Public
Hunting & Fishing:
Like much of Oregon, Klamath County is blessed with an abundance of deer and
elk. Those herds are tiny compared to the numbers of migrating geese and ducks
who use the county as a vital stopover. The Klamath Basin, which sits directly
under the Pacific Flyway, is also home to vast populations of waterfowl. Local
hunters and fly fishermen proudly state that there are few places on the planet
as rich with wildlife as Klamath County. Record trout populate the rivers
feeding Upper Klamath Lake. For the Oregon Fish and Wildlife guide to wildlife areas and Hatcheries
click here. For Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife click here.
The downhill ski season opens around Thanksgiving in north Klamath County and
continues through April. Willamette Ski Area on Highway 58, east of Eugene,
offers skiers nearly two dozen Alpine trails of varying degrees of difficulty.
Cross-country skiing may be enjoyed at Willamette Pass Snow Park, the Walt
Haring Sno-Park (a quarter-mile north of Chemult), Odell Lake Resort, Shelter
Cove Resort, Lake of the Woods Resort, Wocus Recreation Trial, and Crater Lake
Opportunities for snowmobiling abound in north Klamath County. Sno-Parks offering groomed trails include Crescent Lake Sno-Park in Crescent
Lake Junction, the Walt Haring Sno-Park (a quarter-mile north of Chemult), Lake
of the Woods and Great Meadow Sno-Parks (on Highway 140), and Crater Lake
National Park. Annie Creek Sno-Park, (south of Crater Lake National Park),
offers ungroomed trails, which connect to Diamond Lake and Lake of the Woods.