Recreation and sports are everywhere in Klamath County. Camping, fishing and hiking await every visitor. Lakes and streams are fished for trout, steelhead and kokanee. There are many hiking trails in the area, and for the adventuresome, even mountain climbing. Climbers will enjoy spectacular views from Pelican Butte and Mt. McLoughlin. 33 is a popular sport, and there are many ski and snowmobile trails in the north county area, as well as nordic slopes, lifts and facilities at the Willamette Pass Ski Area.
Klamath County is proud to claim Crater Lake National Park (shown in the picture above), Oregon's only National Park. The lodge was recently fully restored and open for visitors and guests. While visiting the park, you can take the Rim Drive and experience the spectacular scenery at each viewpoint. There are narrated hiking tours and evening programs about the natural history of the park. A favorite activity is taking an boat excursion out to Wizard Island and the Phantom Ship.
Collier Memorial State Park, 30 miles north of Klamath Falls on Hwy. 97, has a campground, two picnic areas, pioneer village and museum of early logging equipment. There are 18 tent campsites and 50 trailer spaces with full utility hookups, with hot showers available at the utility building. An RV dump station is also at the park. There is a nature trail along the river and creek between the picnic areas.
Fort Klamath, 44 miles north of Klamath Falls on Hwy. 62, is a frontier post established and garrisoned by the Oregon Volunteer Calvary in 1863 to protect southern emigrant trains from Indian attack, and to maintain peace in the region during the Civil War. In 1973, eight acres of the original post were dedicated as a Klamath County Park. Historical interpretation and exhibits are provided by the Klamath County Museum.
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