"Often overlooked by visitors to the region, the Klamath Falls area is one of the most beautiful parts of Oregon. The city of Klamath Falls stands at an elevation of 4,100 feet, on the southern shore of Upper Klamath Lake. The highest elevation in Klamath County is the peak of Mt. Scott, at 8,926 feet. The Klamath Basin, with its six national wildlife refuges, hosts the largest wintering concentration of bald eagles in the contiguous United States. Each February nature enthusiasts from around the world flock to Klamath Falls for the Bald Eagle Conference, the nation's oldest birding festival. There are more than 82 lakes and streams in Klamath County, including Upper Klamath Lake, which covers 133 square mi.
Many species of migratory birds congregate in the Klamath Basin, including the largest concentration of migratory waterfowl on the continent. The Nature Conservancy has called the basin a western Everglades because it is the largest wetland area west of the Mississippi. Humans have significantly damaged the ecosystem through farming and development. More than 25% of vertebrate species in the area are now endangered or threatened. Where 30 years ago about 6 million birds used the area every year, today that number is down to 2 to 3 million. Environmental organizations are working to reverse some of the damage. "
"By 1843 the westward migration on the Oregon Trail was picking upsteam and it would be only a few more years or so before a settlement in the Klamath Basin would begin. The Town of Linkville was formed at the mouth of the Link River by George Nurse in 1867. In 1893 the name was changed to the town of Klamath Falls and would eventually be incorporated as the City of Klamath Falls by the state legislature in 1905. Also in 1905 the federal government announced it would fund construction of the Klamath Reclamation Project that became operational by 1906. Klamath Falls was known for its forests and rangeland but the region was far too remote from major markets to make money. In 1909 the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in Klamath Falls and the money came rolling in. In the 1920's Klamath Falls was the fastest growing City in Oregon until the Great Depression of 1929 brought the lumber boom to an end.
Located in the south central region of Oregon and bordering northern California, Klamath Falls sits on the southern shore of the Upper Klamath Lake, nestled in the Klamath Basin on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Klamath Falls enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine each year. The City of Klamath Falls has an urban population of approximately 42,000.
Steeped in history, the area offers an outstanding array of natural and cultural wonders. Just sixty miles south of Crater Lake, and seventy miles north of Mt. Shasta, south central Oregon is unsurpassed for beauty and diversity of activities. Klamath Falls offers a variety of outdoor recreation such as cross country skiing, golfing, fishing, hunting and canoeing. It is known for its splendid bird watching and is the home of the highest concentrations of bald eagles in the Pacific Northwest. It also offers a plethora of arts and culture with numerous antique shops and museums along with plays and musicals. Visitors can ride the downtown Trolley or follow the Old Town Historic Walking Tour ( Get a Walking Tour Map from the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce)."
"Klamath Basin's natural bounty includes the deep blue waters of Crater Lake, the ancient forests of vast national parks and wilderness areas, five National Wildlife Refuges and Upper Klamath Lake-the largest natural freshwater lake in the Pacific Northwest. If you are planning to explore Crater Lake National Park, our lodge and resort in Southern Oregon makes the perfect base camp for exploring the best that this spectacular area has to offer.
This abundance of unspoiled, protected lands has made the area the most important gathering point along the Pacific Flyway. It is also host to the largest gathering of wintering Bald Eagles in the continental U.S.
The 4,095-foot altitude, an exceptionally mild climate and 300 days of sunshine add up to a four-season recreational paradise. The expanse of Klamath Lake and numerous Alpine lakes are ideal for waterskiing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking. You'll enjoy blue ribbon streams and free-flowing rivers that offer prized fly-fishing and whitewater rafting. Trophy-sized rainbow trout are routinely caught in Klamath Lake. Plus, local touring companies offer jetboat tours of the many lakes and rivers.
Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails abound. Discover more than 450 lava tube caves at Lava Beds National Monument. In winter there's skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. For year-round family fun, there's really no place like it.
If you are looking for Crater Lake resorts and lodges, let the nearby Running Y treat you to a spectacular stay! When you need to connect, the nearby towns of Klamath Falls and Ashland feature many shops, fine restaurants, art galleries, museums, events and more.