The many wonders of Klamath Falls will always entice any type of traveler. Nature lovers treasure the landscape, wildlife and of course the combo of basins, lakes and preserves. Adventurists love the trails and every tourist is captivated by the scenic drives. Situated in the high desert, Klamath Falls in Oregon is a perfect gateway to the Southern Cascade Mountains. The diverse beauty of the place has no equal. There’s plenty of outdoor adventure around Klamath Falls. You can consider the following options as you plan your vacation.
Outdoor Adventure around Klamath Falls
There are a few wildlife refuges and preserves, such as the Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and Klamath Wildlife Area. The Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge is partly in Oregon and partly in California. The Klamath River Basin serves as the principal ecosystem with enough diversity for all types of wildlife. The lakes, marshes, wetlands and rivers are temporarily home to migrating birds including bald eagles, snow geese, egrets and waterfowls. There are vantage points for wildlife watching, auto tours, nature photography, canoeing, hiking and of course birding. The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex is a paradise for nature lovers.
Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is near Big Spring Creek, where it meets the Williamson River. The refuge primarily comprises of wetlands, upland forest and open waters. You will get to spot cranes, falcons, ducks, eagles, owls and elks among others. The forests provide a perfect setting for photography, birding, hiking and canoeing. The Klamath Wildlife Area, which is managed by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, has several acres of land in and around the city of Klamath Falls. The Miller Island Unit to the south is quite popular for its wildlife, birds in particular and the breathtaking scenery. The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge is home to mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds.
Beyond the preserves and refuges, you should consider salmon fishing at Klamath River, explore the Crater Lake National Park, the Fremont-Winema National Forest and the Umpqua National Forest, indulge in some boating and biking during summer and snowshoeing and skiing during winter, camp at Collier Memorial State Park and embark on a drive on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway or Upper Klamath Lake Loop.
Stay at Quality Inn, Klamath Falls
Both Klamath Basin and Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge are half an hour drive from Quality Inn, to the south and southwest respectively. Klamath Marsh is an hour north of the city hotel. Reserve your accommodation at Quality Inn online to get the best rates.