More Things To Do
On A Klamath Vacation?
In fact, there are many more things to do!
Did you know there are 6 National Wildlife Refuges near Klamath Falls – the Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge, the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, the Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, the Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, and the Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge?
The best time to see bald eagles is in mid to late February. The Klamath Basin is the home to the largest concentration of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. During the spring and fall you can see thousands of migrating birds. One of our favorite sights is to go outside and watch the V-shaped formations as they fly over our house. On one trip to the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge we saw so many snow geese we couldn’t guess how many there were!
The 30-mile long Upper Klamath Lake provides the avid sportsman with many things to do. There is world-famous fishing. The lake is one of the best sailing lakes in the Pacific Northwest. There is even a 9.5 mile canoe trail at Rocky Point and the western shoreline provides nesting sites for migrating birds.
The all-encompassing Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway takes the sightseer from the Oregon-California border through Klamath Falls and past the western shore of the Upper Klamath Lake. The farthest point north is Crater Lake National Park and returns to Klamath Falls. The Byway goes to the Lava Beds National Monument and ends at the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge just a short distance from the starting point at the Oregon-California border.
When traveling through Chiloquin on Hwy 97, a stop at the Collier Logging Museum is a highlight. You can go on a self-guided tour and see the logging and railroad equipment used in the early days of forestry. Another thing to do is to visit the Kla-Mo-Ya casino. It is 23 miles north of Klamath Falls on Hwy 97. It features slot machines, gaming tables, a restaurant, and is open 24 hours a day.
Watching the leaves change color in the fall is another favorite thing to do. You don’t have to go very far to see a wide variety of fall colors. Go for a drive through just about any neighborhood and view the beautiful eye-candy. One especially nice drive is west of Klamath Falls on highway 140 just past Doak Mountain. The aspen trees turn golden and provide a sharp contrast to the surrounding evergreen trees.
The activities don’t slow down even in the winter months. There are more things to do like snowmobiling and cross-country skiing near Lake of the Woods or Crater Lake National Park. Or put on a pair of skates and go ice skating at the outdoor Collier Memorial Ice Skating rink at the entrance to the Running Y. Or pick your favorite hill and go intertubing.
In the late spring or early summer we like to visit the Umpqua River waterfalls past Diamond Lake on Hwy 138. We like to take a picnic lunch and listen to the roaring waters. Some of the falls are located near the roadway and the other falls aren’t more than a mile walk from the parking area. Our favorite falls are Clearwater Falls, Whitehorse Falls, Watson Falls, and Toketee Falls.
And there are more things to do … We’ll be adding them in the days ahead.
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