Recreation in Lake County, Oregon

Winter Activities

Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding: Enjoy frequent powder days, sunshine, and no lift lines at Warner Canyon Ski Area. Located just 10 miles northeast of Lakeview, this family-friendly area is a great place to learn to ski or board.

Snowmobiling: This is the place to be! Lake County has hundreds of snowmobile trails with 5 warming huts along them.

Ice Fishing: Contact the Chamber for directions to the ice fishing spots. The State Fish & Game office can give you up-to-date information on the best fishing spots and the various types of fish available.

Spring, Summer, & Fall Activities

Lake County, Oregon has something for everyone, especially if you are into the Great Outdoors! The Lakeview Ranger District has a list of activities you may enjoy.


OREGON: Mountain to Mountain High Desert Wildlife by Larry Arbanas.

Drews Reservoir is a great place to boat and swim -- You can "float" Drews Creek in the summer. We've got way too many lakes to name, so stop by the Chamber and we'll give you a map so you can enjoy them all. Lots of fishing/fly fishing, ice fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking...

Mountain & Road Biking: Lake County is known for our mountain bike trails where you can decide between beginner, intermediate, or expert trails. For Road biking, people from all over the world come for the wide shoulders, low traffic flow, and gorgeous scenery. Stop into the Chamber for maps, or check out the USDA-FS website.

Hiking: It doesn't get any better than here for hiking.... We've got cottonwood trails, desert trails, Hart Mountain, the Steens to name just a few.

Hunting: Bighorn sheep, elk, deer, antelope and we've got cabins to rent in great hunting areas....as well as guides. Call the Chamber for more info.

ATV Fun: The Lake County Fairgrounds has an ATV park and the Christmas Valley Sand Dune Recreation Area is not to be missed...

Aspen Ridge on Quartz Mountain offers biking, tennis, hiking, a beautiful lodge with a magnificent antler chandelier, good food and views of the buffalo herd. You can also fly a private aircraft in for a relaxing weekend. Come for a retreat, conference, meeting, wedding or just for a great evening out. This is a working cattle/buffalo ranch.

Places to See in Lake County

Abert Rim: Stand beside a vertical face more than a quarter mile high. This 30 mile-long fault rises 2,000 feet above Lake Abert and is one of the longest exposed fault escarpments in North America. It began forming during geological upheaval several million years ago.
Christmas Valley Sand Dunes Christmas Valley Sand Dunes: Go back in time to a Sahara-like landscape which offers a great expanse of sand dunes. The dunes are primarily made up of ash from the eruption 7,000 years ago of Mount Mazama, which is now better known as Crater Lake. This is an excellent alternative to the crowded sand dunes along the coast on weekends (as a matter of fact, a lot of our coastal population come here to beat the crowds.) The largest inland moving sand dune system in Oregon and possibly the Pacific Northwest. The dunes cover an area 9 miles by 5 miles in area, with some of the highest dunes standing at 60 feet. The Christmas Valley Sand Dunes lie between Fossil Lake and the Lost Forest.
Crack In The Ground Topside View Crack in the Ground: Enter deep into the earth, through this 2-mile long, 12 foot-wide basalt lava fissure which runs from 10 to 70 feet deep. At places it is bridged by boulders. Winter ice sometimes remains within its depths all year! Crack in the Ground is located near Christmas Valley.
Derrick Cave Derrick Cave: A lava tube 30 feet high, 50 feet wide and 1/4 mile long. The ceiling has collapsed in two places; one providing foot access into the cave and the other forming a "skylight" for the cave. (Near Crack In The Ground.)
Devil's Garden Wilderness Study Area: Includes two spatter cones know as "The Blowouts" and are interesting volcanic features right alongside the road leading to Derrick Cave and Ice Cave.
Old Perpetual Geyser "Old Perpetual" Geyser: Rest awhile in Lakeview and visit Oregon's only continuously spouting geyser which shoots a plume of 200 degree water over 60 feet into the air every 90 seconds. A favorite for everyone in Lake County, whether they be traveling through, or a resident. Take a break and sit in the relaxing (and some say, healing) waters from the geyser which can be found within developed pool known as Hunter's Hot Springs. Only 1 mile North of Lakeview.

 

Hot Springs: Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge offers a hot springs that is open to the sky but has partially enclosed walls. Hunter's Resort offers an outdoor hot mineral pool. The Summer Lake Bath House is located about 5 miles north of Paisley (on hwy 31) and offers a natural spring-fed mineral pool enclosed in a rustic building.

Oregon Historical Sites: A state map which shows historical sites and heritage trees.

Green Mountain: Standing at 5,190 feet elevation, it gives the visitor a panoramic view of the lava flows, cinder cones, and desert landscape of the Fort Rock and Christmas Valley area. The fire lookout atop Green Mountain is manned from June through October.

 

Fort Rock Fort Rock: This site is a most unusual discovery - The 325-ft. high, crescent-shaped remains of the ancient Fort Rock Volcano are now a state monument. This unique formation stands in stark contrast to the high desert which surrounds it. Fort Rock is the site of ancient ruins and the scene of dramatic Indian battles. Many ancient artifacts have been found in Fort Rock and within the caves near Fort Rock. Truly a "Must-See!"

Fort Rock Cave: The site of the earliest evidence of human habitation in Oregon prior to excavation of the Paisley Caves. The Fort Rock Cave features numerous well-preserved sagebrush sandals, ranging from 9,000 to 13,000 years old. The cave is located approximately 0.5 miles west of Fort Rock on the Reub Long ranch in Lake County and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961. It is located near Fort Rock State Natural Area.

Picture Rock Pass: is right along the highway just outside the town of Silver Lake where you can view the petroglyphs and you can still see wagon ruts from the Oregon Trail...

Four Craters Lava Flow Four Craters: The Lava Flow is north of the Crack in the Ground and four cinder cones created the Four Craters Lava Flow.
Lava Mountain Lava Mountain: is the highest point in North Lake County (within the Squaw Ridge Wilderness Area).
Lost Forest Lost Forest: is a remnant of a much larger stand of Ponderosa Pine that existed 6,000 years ago. This area was designated a Research Natural Area in 1972, due to the isolated relict nature of the forest in an arid climate not normally suited to a pine-type forest. The largest Juniper in Oregon is also found on the northern edge of the forest.
Sunstone Area: Designated as the Oregon State Gemstone in 1989 due to the uncommon clarity and color range. In 1992, the bureau of Land Management's Lakeview District established a FREE-USE collecting area for the general public. Four square miles are now closed to mining claims to allow public access for hobby collecting. It is locally known as the "Plush Diamond" because of its proximity to the small community of Plush.
Summer Lake Wildlife Area Summer Lake State Wildlife Area: Take a few minutes or a few hours, to enjoy the serenity at Summer Lake. Excellent auto-tour for waterfowl viewing. Good hiking, hot springs, dining, and general store in the area.
Ana Reservoir: Site of the state white bass record. A boat ramp is available along with great camping and water sports.
Abert Lake Abert Lake: Brine shrimp feeding ground for over 10,000 waterfowl every year!
Pronghorn Antelope Sheldon and Hart Mountain Refuges: Remote, expansive high-desert habitat, set aside in the 1930's for conservation of pronghorn antelope. Thirty years later... The National "Order of the Antelope" meets there for a week annually. Friends of Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

This page last updated on December 2, 2016