Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
An All American Road.
The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway – All American Road skirts lakes, diverse wetlands, and scenic ranches, all against a stunning backdrop of volcanic landscapes. You’ll encounter the ancient natural forces that shaped exquisite mountain lakes and snow-caped peaks all throughout this “volcano to volcano” driving adventure that stretches from Crater Lake in Oregon to Mount Lassen in Northern California. Along with Spectacular scenery, you’ll enjoy rich history, charming towns and extraordinary recreational and cultural opportunities.
The first stop on the way to Crater Lake, this historic area is located in the lush Wood River Valley, only 17 miles south of Crater Lake National Park. Just north of town lies the Wood River, a spring creek that bubbles up from the ground. It is highly regarded for its native Brown and Rainbow Trout. Fort Klamath, established in 1863, was the first military post in the region. The guardhouse (museum) contains fort relics, pictures, and houses a small gift shop. Visitors can also learn the history and see the gravesites of Modoc Chief, Captain Jack and three of his warriors who fought off the U.S. Army in the most expensive campaign in the West – the Modoc Indian War of 1872-1873. Re-enactments are staged during the summer months. Contact the Klamath County Museum at 541-883-4208 for more information.
Upper Klamath Lake
Soon you’ll reach the shore of Upper Klamath Lake and the edge of the Upper Klamath Wildlife Refuge. Klamath Lake is one of Oregon’s largest bodies of fresh water, covering 133 square miles. The lake and the refuge are situated in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, which attracts more than 350 species of birds, including Sandhill Cranes, Pelicans, and Bald Eagles. During peak migration more than a million birds travel through. The West Side Road passes through portions of the Fremont-Winema National Forests, in the shadow of Mt. McLoughlin, and connects with Highway 140 along the lake.
Rocky Point is nestled on the shore of Upper Klamath Lake as you continue down the West Side Road. The West Side Road passes through portions of the Fremont-Winema National Forests, in the shadow of Mt. McLaughlin, and connects with Highway 140 along the lake where you turn left and head southeast to Klamath Falls. Places of interest along the way include Point Comfort Lodge & Cabins, constructed in 1912 and recently restored. It is one of the few remaining GREAT LODGES of the West, and the Grand Dame of Klamath Lake. Call 831-475-7306 for reservations. You’ll also want to check out Rocky Point Resort. They offer southern Oregon’s finest facilities for fishing, hunting, boating, camping, RV camping, wildlife and photography enthusiasts. Beautiful sunsets and spectacular views make your delicious meal at the resort complete. Rocky Point Resort just celebrated its 100th Anniversary. For more information, call 541-356-2287.
Located at the intersections of Hwy 140 and Hwy 97, Klamath Falls has a rich and sassy history. Local museums have richly preserved the past – visit the Klamath County Museum and the Baldwin Museum or Favell Museum – a western and native American artifact museum. A Downtown Old Town Walking Tour is a great way to see the diverse architectural, Art Décor, and murals depicting historical events and places. Klamath Falls is more than a great vacation destination – enjoy state-of-the-art business, education and medical facilities plus small town quality of life.