With all the lakes, rivers, and mountains in the region, there’s no shortage of fishing, rafting, golfing, and other recreational opportunities. Here’s a short list of some local attractions.
Local guides can get you outfitted and on the water angling for the elusive big one. Darren Roe Guide Service (4849 Summers Lane, 541/884-3825 or 877/943-5700, www.roeoutfitters.com) offers trips on the Klamath Lakes and the nearby Wood and Willamson Rivers, noted for their runs of wild trout. Rates are roughly $200 per person for 2–3 people per day, or $275–350 per single person per day.
One way to get out onto Oregon’s largest lake is to rent a sailboat through Meridian Sail Center (Pelican Marina, Dock C, 928 Front St., 541/884-5869, www.meridiansail.com). Sailboat rentals are $70–100 half-day, $100–140 full-day. Sailing instruction is also available. Call ahead for the sailing report and to make reservations.
Twenty miles (just under an hour’s drive) west of Klamath Falls is what’s known as Hell’s Corner of the Upper Klamath River. Arrowhead River Adventures (720 Greenleaf Dr., Eagle Point, 541/830-3388 or 800/227-7741, www.arrowheadadventures.com) offers daylong trips ($149) through this remote secluded canyon June–September. With several Class IV-plus rapids, the Upper Klamath provides some of the best spring and summer rafting in the state.
You can also arrange a raft trip in the Upper Klamath River canyons through Ashland’s Adventure Center (40 N. Main St., Ashland, 800/444-2819, www.raftingtours.com). In addition to a day trip ($135, includes transportation to and from Ashland), they offer a two-day trip down the river with a night of fully catered riverside camping ($339).
There are several area courses open to the public. Harbor Links (601 Harbor Isle Blvd., 541/882-0609) and Shield Crest (3151 Shieldcrest Dr., 541/884-1493) both offer 9- and 18-hole courses with greens fees in the $25–45 range. The Running Y Ranch Resort (5500 Running Y Rd., 541/850-5500 or 888/850-0275, www.runningy.com, $70–125 for 9–18 holes) offers a 7,138-yard 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel