The General Recreation Page will feature activities that everybody enjoys doing in the outdoors of Southern Oregon. That will vary by season. But, we will give you a lot of information on all kinds of ways that you can get out and enjoy the great outdoors in this special part of the world that we live in.
RECREATION INFORMATION -
Snowmobiling is very popular in Southern Oregon. We are blessed to have one of the premier snowmobiling destinations in the state and in fact in all of the western US right here. Diamond Lake is home to a year round destination resort. And in the winter it is the jumping off point to access hundreds of miles of maintained trails and to get to some excellent back country riding opportunties. With the massive snow pack we have now, snowmobiling is going to be an activity that can be enjoyed all the way through the Memorial Day weekend now.
Diamond Lake will also serve as your start point to ride snowmobiles into Crater Lake National Park from the north end of the park. This is going to give you the chance to ride on the main trail which is the north entrance road in the summer. You will also be able to get all the way up to the Rim of Crater Lake which will give you breath taking views you will not soon forget once you see them. Here is a look at the full trail map from Diamond Lake. As you can see, you can go for miles on these trails.
If there is a drawback to Diamond Lake it is this........CROWDS! Diamond Lake is extrememly popular and draws visitors and snowmobilers from all over. During winter vacation periods and spring breaks you can literally have traffic jams of snowmobiles out on the trails at the restrooms and popular spots of eating lunches or taking in the views. However, if you want to snowmoblie, it does not have to be in a crowd.
I have always loved the trails up in the Howard Prairie Hyatt Lake area. They do not tend to draw crowds because in many years snow coverage can be a real issue. For that reason most people have not become attached to riding there. But, this year lack of snow is not a concern at all. This is the best snow year for these trails since 2011 - 2012. The coverage is excellent. You will have some great views from up here as well. That includes of Mt. Shasta to the southeast and the Siskiyous to the southwest. Here is the tail map for that area.
I have found the link that will literally give you the maps of EVERY major snowmobiling trail system in Oregon. Many of you may already know about it, but some may not so here it is.
If you are headed up to Washington and would appreciate having the trail maps to the snowmobiling areas up there....well here you go. Click right here for that link.
In an average winter, Crater Lake National Park receives 43 feet of snow! Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are a fun way to explore this winter wonderland while learning how plants, animals, and people survive the harsh conditions.
This winter, snowshoe hikes will be offered on weekends and holidays from December 8 through April 28, and every day from December 15 through January 6. They start at 1:00 pm, last two hours, and cover 1 to 2 miles of moderate-to-strenuous terrain. They don’t follow a trail—the hike is an off-trail exploration through the forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake.
No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour (apart from the winter entrance fee of $15 per vehicle).
Participants should be at least 8 years old, be in good physical health, and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. The walks take place rain or shine (or snow). Pets are not allowed on the hike.
Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are required. For more information and to sign up, call the park’s visitor center at 541-594-3100.
Organized groups (such as scout troops, hiking clubs, and church groups) may be able to arrange for a separate tour, staff permitting. Call to check on available dates.