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LISTING ORDER BELOW IS BASED ON DISTANCE FROM CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK
CRATER LAKE’S BACKYARD
Welcome to Crater Lake’s Backyard, just south of Crater Lake National Park, and the friendly communities of Chiloquin, Rocky Point, and Fort Klamath. Sunset Magazine rated the area the #1 birding destinations in the West, with the largest freshwater ecosystem west of the Great Lakes. The area offers rural roads for touring and mountain trails for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. If you love water, there are 15,000 acres of marsh and waterways for paddling and fishing, with trophy trout ready to be caught. Their popular visitor website has complete information on everything to see and do in the area.
CRATER LAKE ZIPLINE
KLAMATH FALLS (31 miles to Crater Lake) – Just. Let. Go! Experience Oregon’s Epic Zipline Adventure. Located 30 minutes south of Crater Lake National Park perched in the National Forest, you’ll discover nine mega long ziplines, rappels, challenging skybridges and a freefall Quick Jump all with breathtaking mountain, forest and Klamath Lake views. This tree to tree canopy tour presents three hours of thrilling adventure! Make it a full day of adventure and join us for your SKYAK Tour that includes the ziplines, lunch and a guided kayak tour with our sister company, ROE! – Real Oregon Experience. Location: 29840 Highway 140 West Klamath Falls, OR, Phone: 1.541.892.9477.
LAKE OF THE WOODS RESORT
(51 miles to Crater Lake) – This high mountain historic lake resort sits beside one of the clearest natural lakes found in Southern Oregon. Rekindle the spirit and family traditions of the Great Northwest with a getaway to this pristine area! One can enjoy cabin life, comfort food, the wonders of nature, and a variety of outdoor recreational activities… summer and winter! The resort also operates nearby Forest Service facilities with camping and day use areas. A true outdoor lover’s paradise, the resort offers catering for groups and is a pemier wedding venue. Escape to Paradise! Location: 950 Harriman Route, Klamath Falls, OR, Phone: 1.866.201.4194
ROE! REAL OREGON EXPERIENCE
KLAMATH FALLS (57 miles to Crater Lake) – Guided fly fishing, bird hunting & kayaking adventures since 1984! Explore pristine spring creeks, mountain lakes and wild & scenic rivers. This is the place in the lower 48 for catching big rainbow trout on legendary rivers like the Williamson, Wood and Klamath and wild steelhead on the Rogue. Or, Discover kayaking with them on water so clear and blue it’s like gliding across a looking glass. Take a tour or rent a boat. In winter join them for upland, duck and goose hunting. Plus, check out their sister company Crater Lake Zipline for another epic adventure! ROE! Where remote is around the corner and fun is the destination. Location: 5391 Running Y Road Klamath Falls, OR, Phone: 1.541.884.3825.
BRITT MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
JACKSONVILLE (84 miles to Crater Lake) – Discover the Britt Experience! Britt is the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town of Jacksonville, Britt presents a summer series of concerts—a signature mix of classical, blues, folk, bluegrass, pop, rock and country music—on a dramatic Jacksonville hillside setting under the stars. Come enjoy the beautiful scenery and relaxed setting in this one of a kind venue. Venue Location: 350 S. First Street, Jacksonville, OR, Phone: 1-800-882-7488. See their full 2017 season lineup at their website.
OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
ASHLAND (89 miles to Crater Lake) – You will be amazed at the scope and scale of this Tony Award-winning theater company. First, it does not just perform Shakespeare in the summer. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) presents 11 classic and contemporary plays on three stages from late February through October. Also, you don’t have to reserve a seat in advance. While reservations are highly recommended (the OSF website makes it easy to reserve online), you can “rush” – just go to the box office before a performance and see what is available. And you can also enjoy the ever-changing Green Show, which runs before summer evening performances, for free! Location: 15 South Pioneer Street, Ashland, OR, Phone: 1.800.219.8161.
HELLGATE JETBOAT EXCURSIONS
GRANTS PASS (Interstate 5, 96 miles to Crater Lake) – Located right off Interstate 5, Hellgate Jetboat Excursions is the Northwest’s #1 River Trip. Each year thousands enjoy a family friendly trip down the famed Rogue River. See the beauty of the Rogue River, jet through the jaws of Hellgate Canyon, experience 360° spins and dine family style at their exclusive riverfront OK Corral.Five different trips offered. Season May through October. Location: 966 SW 6th St, Grants Pass, 1.800.648.4874.
WINSTON (110 miles to Crater Lake) – This 600-acre drive-through animal park is just south of Roseburg (Exit 119 off I-5). The park is filled with hundreds of animals native to Africa, Asia and the Americas. Exciting family adventures include: photos with our ambassador cheetahs, U-feed bear, elephant and giraffe encounters, camel rides, animal shows and camping experiences. This summer, Wildlife Safari is providing once in a lifetime opportunities to interact with some of the most amazing species up close! Get eye-to-eye with the King of the Jungle in our newly featured Lion Tug-of-War or learn about the animals in your own back yard in our Wild Americas animal encounter! The park also offers day and overnight adventure camps for kids and adults. Safari Village is free to the public and includes a children’s petting zoo, educational keeper talks, Safari Café and gift shop. Open daily. Spring-Summer Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM daily, Winter Hours: 10 AM – 4PM daily, excluding Christmas & Thanksgiving. Location: 1790 Safari Rd, Winston, OR, Phone: 1.541.679.6761.
OREGON CAVES CHATEAU
OREGON CAVES (123 miles to Crater Lake) – The Chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, located off Highway 199 which connects Crater Lake to the Oregon. The Chateau is the perfect setting to leave behind demands of everyday life. Enjoy hiking trails to mountain lakes or choose from various guided tours of unique marble caverns. This National Historic Landmark offers overnight lodging and an authentic 1930′s-style Café serving breakfast, lunch and old-fashioned shakes. Enjoy fresh Northwest cuisine and impressive canyon views in the creekside dining room. The Gift Gallery features work from artisans of regional renown. View the free live music and lecture schedule online. Special lodging rates May, June, September, October. Location: 20,000 Caves Highway, Cave Junction, OR, Phone: 541-592-3400.
BANDON BY THE SEA
OREGON’S GOLF COAST (187 miles to Crater Lake) – On the breathtaking South Coast, the charming and unspoiled seacoast town of Bandon is world-famous as the home of Bandon Dunes, one of the top golf destinations in the world. But Bandon offers far more than world class golf courses. Its charming Old Town and scenic beauty are also unparalleled. Enjoy birding, surfing, crabbing, fishing, and so much more! There are also numerous quality lodging choices. The people who live here love it, and each year, first-time visitors discover why. Visitor Center location: 300 Second Street, Old Town, Bandon, OR, Phone: 1.541.347.9616.
NATURE’S WILD SIDE (221 miles to Crater Lake) – Also located on the South Coast, Gold Beach delivers the Coast as it’s meant to be: Wild and Natural. Whether your ” Wild Side” is salmon fishing, rafting, jetboating on the mighty Rogue River, or the adrenaline rush of windsurfing one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, you’ll find it here. Perhaps your “Wild Side” is just getting away to walk miles of uninterrupted, secluded beaches or hiking windswept headlands. Your “Wild Side” could be watching amazing animals, on land and sea, or capturing nature in a photograph or painting inspired by our gorgeous scenery. Visitor Center location: 94080 Shirley Lane, Gold Beach, OR, Phone: 1.800.525.2334.
JACKSON COUNTY PARKS
JACKSON COUNTY PARKS – Throughout beautiful Southern Oregon, the program operates eighteen County Parks. The Jackson County Parks program strives to provide a variety of recreational experiences at a low cost. Opportunities for outdoor enjoyment include picnicking, camping, fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming, water sliding, hiking, rock climbing, hang gliding, cycling, motor sports including drag racing, go-karting, and autocross; softball/baseball, target shooting, music concerts, bird watching, nature hikes, equestrian activities, and indoor/outdoor facilities for meetings, events, and weddings. Contact Jackson County Parks Office, 7520 Table Rock Road, Central Point, OR 541.774.8183.
RESORT STYLE RETIREMENT
CRATER LAKE COUNTRY – If you are vacationing in Crater Lake Country, you know it is a great place to visit. Why not retire here! Throughout the region there are a variety of great active retirement communities that offer welcoming apartment homes and cottages, fine dining, caring staffs, and full recreational opportunities. It is no wonder we call these independent communities “resort-style.” The editors of the national website RetireUSA.net have personally reviewed and selected the best Oregon communities to highlight on the Resort-Style-Retirement website.