Self Guided Tours
Follow the link below to get a virtual tour of Lakeview. You can make left and right turns and get a detailed view of the entire community.
Tour #1 (1/2 Day )
- Start by climbing Bullard Canyon to Black Cap for a great view overlooking the goose lake basin, check out the wildlife and caves on the way up.
- Stop in Holloway's Photography and discover local art 11 North E Street
- Enjoy the rich historical past at the Schmink Museum 128 North E Street
- Lake County Museum offers an Irish room, Native American room and much more. Located at 118 North E Street. Then travel to the Outdoor walking museum at the Lake County fair grounds.
- Stroll across the street from the fair grounds to Mike's Estate Sales and Bender's photography and unique Lake County apparel.
- End by visiting Lakeview Lockers on N Street and pick up some specialty cheeses and wine for a relaxing evening.
Tour #2 (1/2 Day)
- Pick up a brochure for the Historical Walking Tour of Lakeview's oldest buildings and also tour the murals of Lakeview.
- Don't miss the Hi Desert Rock Shop, with large rock yard, located at 244 North M Street.
- Check out our antique store, Feather your Nest on 4th Street
- Have lunch at Happy Horse Deli & Antique store on 4th Street
- Then retire to Hunters Resort to Relax in the natural geothermal mineral pool, 2 miles north of Lakeview and a cold pint of Deschutes Brewery IPA for only $3.
Tour #3 (1 Day)
- Travel west towards Bly on Hwy 140, stop at Drew's Resevoir to observe waterfowl and shore birds
- Visit the historical site of the Mitchell Monument, Memorial for the only causalities on US soil from WWII. Travel west from Lakeview on Hwy 140 to Bly, turn north on Forest Service Road 364.
- Gearhart Wilderness Palisades are worth the drive. If you go past the Mitchell Monument, you'll find the Corral Creek campgrounds. Follow this road until it ends at the Gearhart Trailhead. Hike about one mile to the majestic formation of the palisades and explore this rare and magical site.
- Travel back towards Lakeview stopping at the rest area on the right where the forest service road leads you up to Aspen Ridge Resort, dine on wonderful food while overlooking the prairie where their own Buffalo herd reside.
Tour #4 (1 Day)
- Travel to the Sunstone area and pick up the "Plush Diamond." This is a precious stone and also Oregon's State Stone. Fill your pockets with these treasures or visit nearby mines. Go to Plush, and follow the signs to the sunstone area.
- Be sure and stop in Plush and visit the Hart Mountain Store. They have a beautiful collection of sunstones on display. And serve the best burgers around!
- From Plush, go up the hill to the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge. Visit the interpretive center and soak in the hot springs.
- Travel east on Hwy 140 take the unpaved road to the north to view the petroglyph monument for native American drawings thousands of years old.
- Head back to Lakeview going west on Hwy 140 to Adel and enjoy the wetland while watching for Big Horn Sheep on the rim above you. The Adel General Store offers some of the best food around and is a gathering place for local cowboys, have a cold drink while you listen to the cowboy stories or enjoy a game of pool.
Tour #5 (1 Day)
- Chandler Park is about 15 miles north of Lakeview and offers a quiet place of rest. Picnic tables, restrooms and interpretive signs are tucked away in the tall pine trees.
- North of Lakeview stands the amazing Abert Rim, the longest exposed basalt escarpment in the US. The twenty mile long lake lays at its base and is saltier than Salt Lake, a last remnant of the former great inland sea.
- Visit the tiny town of Paisley and enjoy a great meal at the Homestead Restaurant. Walk the wooden sidewalks and visit the saddle shop and fishing store.
- Five miles north of Paisley is the Summer Lake Bath house which offers a natural mineral pool, as well as camping and lodging.
- To complete the circuit, take county road 28 and follow the Chewaucan River, and wind around through the beautiful Fremont Forest.
Oregon's Outback National Scenic Byway
Tour #6 (2 Day)
Soak in the rich history by traveling Oregon's Outback National Scenic Byway. Pick up a brochure at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce office and learn the history and development of this high desert country.
- Make the stop at Ana Reservoir, for camping and great fishing.
- The Christmas Valley area offers many great recreational opportunities. Fort Rock State Park is a rare geological formation that is a "must see." This site is where a volcano erupted in a lake and is now the site a state park.
- The summer is a lovely time to visit the North lake Historic Village. Local volunteers have collected and preserved an important part of pioneer history.
- Over 19,000 acres of towering sand dunes are one of the reminders of the era of the Great Basin. Thousands of visitors enjoy the dunes as a premium site for ATV recreation.
- Crack in the Ground offers a "cool" opportunity to explore and hike a site that has been literally pulled apart by massive earth movements thousands of years ago. There is an average 30 degree difference in temperature from the ground to the bottom of the two mile long fissure.
- The Lost Forest is also a unique attraction in the area, afterwards travel to the newly re-constructed Green Mountain Fire Lookout
- Travel South to Silver Lake and have dinner at the rustic; "Cowboy Dinner Tree" where the portions are HUGE, the waiting room is a teepee, there's no electricity, and lemonade is served in mason jars. You won't be sorry. There are also cabins to rent for the night if you're too stuffed to drive home.
- Travel back to Lakeview on Hwy 31 stopping at Picture Rock Pass to view the Petroglyphs and old Wagon Wheel tracks.
- At Summer Lake, take the eight mile loop through the Summer Lake Wildlife Area. This wetland is full of hundreds of birding species and wildlife.
- Stop at the Summer Lake Lodge for a wonderful lunch and tour their facility.
- Past the town of Paisley, drive down to the ZX Ranch for a look at the facility
- Stop on the side of the road to walk along the Chewaucan River before ending back in Lakeview for dinner at one of our wonderful restaurants.
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Lake County Chamber of Commerce
126 North E Street
Lakeview, Oregon 97630