Be sure to mention this website, ThingsToDoNearCraterLake.com, when visiting these attractions.
Crater Lake National Park.
32-mile drive along the rim of the deepest US lake, formed 7,000 years ago by an ancient volcano. Restaurants, lodge, cabins, campground, gifts, deli, boat tours, gas. Visitor center 541.594.3000. Lodge 541. 594.2255. 2013 Season (weather permitting): Rim Gift Shop & Café open year-round, closed Thanksgiving & Christmas; Lodge/Dining Room May 17-Oct 14, Mazama Gas May 24-Oct 14, Mazama Store May 24-Oct 7; Cabins May 24-Sept 30; Campground May 31-Sept 30 (weather permitting); Boat tours June 28-Sept 15 (weather permitting).
Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site.
Locals take visitors first to Crater Lake, but then they stop at Kimball on the way home. The cold clear turquoise water at the headwaters of the Wood River isn’t just beautiful, it’s better than that. Visit the Paddling page for information on Wood River and other paddling opportunities.
Spring Creek Picnic Area offers more turquoise at the creek’s headwaters. Head north on Hwy 97, and turn left on USFS Road 9732. The area is no longer maintained as a picnic area, but the headwater springs are there to enjoy.
Fort Klamath Museum.
1863 military post with “cavalry guide.” Exhibits, fort relics, pictures. Gift shop, picnic area. Modoc warrior gravesites. May 25 to Labor Day, W-Su, 10 am-6 pm. 52699 Hwy 62. 541.381.2230.
Klamath Fish Hatchery.
The hatchery produces about 3 million fish each year, providing legal-sized trout to Klamath and Lake Counties, and fingerlings for lakes from the southern Cascade Mountains east to the Idaho border. Open daily, free. 7:30 am-4 pm. Buy food here to feed the big fish. 46161 Hwy 62. 541.381.2278.
Wood River Wetlands.
3,200 acres BLM-managed wildlife habitat with excellent year-round birding. Day use, restrooms, picnic tables, canoe/kayak launch, ½ mile paved trail, 10 miles of unpaved trails. Motorized vehicles restricted.
Klamath and Western Railroad.
Anyone who’s wanted to ride the rails will love a visit to this non-profit organization’s playground dedicated to preserving railroad heritage. They run on 1.9 miles of track through ponderosa pine forest and provide free Saturday rides on a 1/8 scale train from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 am-3 pm. New for 2014 are a speeder, a train order signal, and a baggage car. They have an extensive variety of souvenirs, an award-winning diner serving hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and snacks, and a grassy knoll for picnicking. They also arrange birthday parties and have a special Pumpkin Run in October. 36951 S. Chiloquin Road. For information call 541.783.3177.
The “Longest Miniature Hobby Railroad” is just west of Klamath & Western at 36941 S. Chiloquin Rd. This members-only facility has 30 miles of 7 ½ inch gauge, 1/8 scale mainline track winding through 2,000 acres of forest. Stop by the office any weekday, 10 am – 3 pm, to learn if there’s something open to visit that day. They also offer group tours and provide facilities for weddings and other special occasions. Advance reservations required at 541.783.3030.
Klamath Tribes Headquarters.
Inside décor features baskets, artifacts, and historical pictures. The public is welcome, but tours are by appointment only in this place of business. 10 am-5 pm, M-F. 501 Chiloquin Blvd. 783.2219.
Owned/operated by the Klamath Tribes. Open 24/7 with over 350 slots, blackjack, full service bar with big screen TVs, lunch buffet and 24-hour sit-down restaurant. Free RV parking with RVer discounts, ATMs, weekly promotions, and exciting giveaways. 34333 Hwy 97 N. 541.783.PLAY/888.KLAMOYA.
Chiloquin Arts Center’s Best Little Bookstore and Treasures Next Door
The maze of rooms in this made-over home houses over 100,000 new and used volumes, stacked floor to ceiling—even in the restroom. Selections vary from collectors’ classics, to instruction manuals and comic books, to historic novels and rare finds that commonly elicit the declaration, “I remember this from when I was a kid.” Not just a bookstore, this little gem is an afternoon’s entertainment. 414 Chocktoot, Chiloquin. Open every day. CALL FOR CURRENT HOURS. 541 783.2002.Connected to the bookstore is a quaint shop with vintage vinyl records, vintage furniture, and other collectibles. Oven every day. CALL FOR CURRENT HOURS. 541.281.5787.