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Exploring Oregon’s Only National Park and Neighborhood

UPDATE – Crater Lake National Park, Oregon’s top visitor attraction, IS NOW OPEN. We’ve made it easier to visit with a complete guide to lodging, dining, wineries, golf, casinos and additional visitor attractions in the area. So, Get Your Crater On This Year!

BEST GATEWAYS TO CRATER LAKE

HIGHWAY 97

If you are traveling up the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains heading to/from Central Oregon or Eugene (via Highway 58), Crater Lake is easy to visit from Klamath Falls, Chiloquin, La Pine, Sunriver and Bend.

KLAMATH FALLS

DISCOVER KLAMATH (Highway 97, 57 miles to Crater Lake) – Ahh, Klamath!  The very home of Crater Lake.  Half a hop from the Lava Beds National Monument.  Smack dab in the middle of the largest migratory bird route in the west, Native American and World War II sites that will really get you thinking.  Raft on class IV whitewater or serenely drift on meandering rivers chock full of ravenous trout that practically leap into your boat.  Oh and centuries of stunning cycling and mountain biking.  Hiking?  Oh, yes there’s hiking.  And did I mention Crater Lake?  I did?  Well, there’s just so much to do here, you really need to get down here and see it for yourself.  Come on.  Meet me in Klamath! Stop by the Visitor Center for more information on planning your Klamath vacation:  205 Riverside Drive, Klamath Falls; or, call 1.800.445.6728.

KLAMATH FALLS – CRATER LAKE-KLAMATH REGIONAL AIRPORT

KLAMATH FALLS (57 miles to Crater LakeKlamath Regional Airport is a public use airport strategically located halfway between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California on the east side of the Cascade mountains.  The airport offers a full range of services from aircraft fueling and maintenance to car rentals and on-site restaurant.

LA PINE

THE NEWBERRY COUNTRY TRAIL (HWY 97, 61 miles to Crater Lake)The charming small town of La Pine, just south of Sunriver, welcomes you to family-friendly driving adventures that includes a one-of- kind Crater to Crater journey. The newly formed Newberry Country Trail offers three loop tours that begin with seeing Newberry Crater, Oregon’s other crater! Now, take off on one (or all) of three loops. The High Lakes Loop lets you see the remote mountain beauty of the Central Oregon Lake Region. The Crater Lake Loop takes you down Hwy 97 via Train Mountain and historic Fort Klamath to Crater Lake. Then on to Union Creek, Shady Cove and north to Diamond Lake before returning to Hwy 97. The High Desert Outback Loop takes you east to Fort Rock State Park and Heritage Village Museum, Christmas Valley, Silver Lake, Summer Lake, and Paisley. The La Pine Chamber Visitor Center and their website offer maps and information on all trips. La Pine Chamber location: 12945 Huntington Rd, La Pine OR 97739, phone 541-536-9771.

I-5

The main interstate to/from Oregon is I-5 – western side of the Cascade Mountains. There are numerous cities that offer easy access to Crater Lake from I-5. The most popular ones (south to north) are Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Canyonville and Eugene (from I-5, take Highway 58 to Highway 97 to the Park).

GRANTS PASS

(Interstate 5, 96 miles to Crater Lake) –  Located right off Interstate 5, Grants Pass is a gateway to the famed Rogue River. It offers you the fun of adding jetboating, rafting, fishing and lodging to your Crater Lake visit. Start your adventure by booking a trip on the Northwest’s #1 River Trip, Hellgate Jetboat Excursions (Res: 1.800.648.4874). Guests are invited to jet through the jaws of Hellgate Canyon, experience 360° spins, and dine family style at the riverfront Hellgate River Lodge . For the ultimate Rogue River adventure, go hiking, fishing or whitewater rafting with Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Adventure with a stay at Morrisons historic Rogue Wilderness Lodge. See full listing for all these under attractions.

MEDFORD

TRAVEL MEDFORD (Interstate 5, 76 miles to Crater Lake) – Infuse your life with the unexpected sights, sounds, and experiences of the Rogue Valley. With more than 200 days of sunshine a year, Medford and the Rogue Valley radiate with outdoor opportunities – Play nine, find a trail, paddle across a lake, zip-line above riverbed, or choose your own adventure. Dotted with boutique vineyards and breathtaking wine trails, the hills of Medford and surrounding Rogue Valley offer more than 70 varieties of wine. Named a top global wine destination, marvel as you unearth undiscovered varietals one sip at a time. Diverse culinary experiences abound with internationally-prized food like Rogue Creamery, Harry and David and Lillie Belle Farms. Medford’s foodie scene is an extension of our roots: organic farmers, master cheesemakers, brew aficionados, and innovative chefs. Find electrifying theater among intimate crowds with some of the best live performances on the West Coast. Medford and the Rogue Valley bring you a diverse repertoire of high-caliber performances, live shows and outdoor productions. Sip Wine. Run Rapids. Play nine. Explore Trails. Create Stories. Visit Medford. VISITOR INFORMATION: Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, 1-800-469-6307.

EUGENE

EUGENE, CASCADES & COAST (Highway 58 via Oakridge to Crater Lake 176 miles or Interstate 5 via Cottage Grove to Crater Lake, 173 miles)– The Adventure Center (I-5, exit 194) can provide you with road conditions, weather, free maps and points of interest to Crater Lake National Park. Eugene – Springfield is a cornucopia of wineries, breweries, performing and visual arts, outdoor recreation and sports. Two scenic routes lead to Crater Lake: Highway 58 takes you via Oakridge, “The Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest,” and some of Oregon’s best natural wonders. One spectacular “must see” is Salt Creek Falls, Oregon’s second highest continuous waterfall. The second route takes you south on I-5 to Roseburg via Cottage Grove, an “All America City” steeped in pioneer culture with the largest concentration of historic covered bridges west of the Mississippi. (Visitor Center & Gift Shop: 3312 Gateway St, Springfield, OR, Phone: 1.541.484.5307.

HIGHWAY 101

Just because you are exploring the scenic Oregon Coast it doesn’t mean you have to miss Crater Lake. The Park is a wonderful one day excursion from the coast and there are convenient routes to the Park from many cities including (south to north) Brookings, Bandon, Gold Beach and Coos Bay/North Bend.

OREGON SOUTH COAST

GOLD BEACH & BANDON (Highway 101, Gold Beach 221 miles, Bandon 187 miles to Crater Lake) Many Crater Lake visitors don’t realize that combining a tour of Oregon’s spectacular South Coast is very doable with a visit to the Park. There are numerous routes that connect the coast to the Park. You can either start or end your trip with a coastal experience. The highlights of any South Coast visit are the towns of Bandon and Gold Beach. Bandon (Visitor Center location: 300 Second Street, Old Town, Bandon, OR, Phone: 1.541.347.9616) is a charming and unspoiled town that is world-famous as the home of Bandon Dunes, one of the top golf destinations in the world. Gold Beach (Visitor Center location: 94080 Shirley Lane, Gold Beach, OR, Phone: 1.800.525.2334) is where the Rogue River meets the sea. It is home to jetboat trips, easily accessible beaches, and great fishing. To learn more about both towns, see Attraction listings.