When I first sat down to write this piece, I couldn’t get anywhere. Some places aren’t easy to describe. I wanted one word to sum up all I had seen on a canoe trip on Upper Klamath Lake. Words like: spectacular, awesome and incredible all fit, but describe the entire state of Oregon. I wanted a word that transcends all other superlatives. Finally I found it…stunning. Upper Klamath Lake is stunning.
I spent four days exploring the lake and it wasn’t nearly enough. The largest body of fresh water west of the Rockies, it would take months to find all this place has to offer. The mountain views were great, the bird watching even better. Bald eagles, pelicans, terns, herons, and waterfowl were so abundant, it bordered on surreal.
One of the great things about Ashland is it’s proximity to so many wonderful places. You can head south to the Redwoods, west to the coast, or north to Crater Lake. Don’t forget to head east! Canoe rentals are available at Rocky Point resort(541-356-2287), among other places. Hiking around eagle point is very rewarding as well. For a scenic drive, try the Upper Klamath Lake Loop Tour. Starting in the town of Klamath Falls, it heads north on Highway 97. Bon voyage!