Within a Two Hour Drive
Crater Lake National Park - 92 Miles northeast of Ashland. Steel Visitor Center
Open All Year Open From November to April 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Open From May to October 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Rim Village Visitor Center
Open From June through September 9:30 AM-5:00 PM. For more information call 541-594-3100 or visit www.nps.gov/crla
Diamond Lake Resort - Diamond Lake, Oregon 97331. 1-800-733-7593
Complete resort area with lodge and campgrounds, 97 miles northeast of Ashland. Open year-round. Summer fishing resort. Boat rentals and charters. Mountain biking and rentals.
Shasta Lake Caverns - Located 15 miles North of Redding off I-5 at Shasta Caverns Rd.
(exit # 695) www.lakeshastacaverns.com/page4a.html
Oregon Caves - 19000 Caves Highway, Cave Junction, OR 97523 541 592-2100
Above ground, the monument encompasses a remnant old-growth coniferous forest including a Douglas-fir tree with the widest known girth in Oregon. Three hiking trails access this forest. Below ground is a marble cave created by natural forces over hundreds of thousands of years in one of the world’s most diverse geologic realms. www.oregoncaves.com
The spectacular Umpqua River – with its north and south branches, provides the backdrop for one of Oregon’s most scenic drive tours – Highway 138 from just east of Roseburg to Diamond Lake. Whitewater rafting, riverside trails for hiking, horseback and mountain bike use, fishing, hot springs, and many spectacular waterfalls can all be found here. (a good site to learn more about the falls on this road is http://www.newsreview.info/article/20050513/DISCOVER15/105130061)
Pacific Crest Trail
From desert to glacier-flanked mountain, meadow to forest, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) symbolizes everything there is to love – and protect – in the Western United States. Join us as we celebrate, enjoy and safeguard this unique American treasure.
A Taste of Southern Oregon – The Oregon Grape
Discover the treasures of Southern Oregon wineries
Wine writers agree. One of Southern Oregon wineries major strengths is diversity when it comes to wine choices. You can see it in our proprietary blends. They are a reflection of each vintners creativity in developing a signature voice-one that will speak volumes in terms of their winemaking abilities.
The diversity theme is also carried forward by the untold number of varietals that are grown in the Southern Oregon area. All five of the classic Bordeaux varietals are found in the region. They include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot , Malbec, and Merlot. Additionally, you will find Burgundy’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the Rhone’s Viognier and Grenache, Germany’s Riesling and Gewürztraminer, Spain’s Tempranillo and Graciano, and, of course, Italy’s Pinot Gris. Several wineries also produce a Zinfandel, a varietal whose derivation is quite controversial.
The wine list of our restaurant, Larks-Home Kitchen Cuisine has been created by Michelle Glass, with special attention to our great Oregon wines. This list will impress all wine connoisseurs!
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Crater Lake – A Natural Wonder in Southern Oregon
Crater Lake is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. A beautiful description of Crater Lake National Park and its story was written in 1910. It’s such a wonderful description that it is included here.
Mount Mazama, on the summit of the Cascade Mountains, in whose ancient volcanic crater, Crater Lake rests, and the surrounding territory of scenic grandeur have been made a National Park by an Act of Congress. This new playground of Uncle Sam’s with its 249 square miles of area of mountain peaks, lofty crags, deep canyons, beds of lava, plateaus of grassy fields, deep forests of hemlock and pine, and 1,000 rippling streams bids fair to become as famous and as popular as Yellowstone or Yosemite. It is yearly visited by tourists from all parts of the world.
During the glacial period, Crater Lake did not exist. What is now the majestic sheet of water was once filled with a towering peak, the greatest peak of all the mountain range. This old volcano regularly erupted its fire, lava, and ashes upon the surrounding territory. On the fatal day, described by Indian legends as the day on which the “Bridge of the Gods” fell in, the old hollow mountain, with a thundering roar and a crash that shook the world and upturned half a continent, exploded and dropped within itself. It was one of the greatest tragedies earth has known. With its completion old Mazama, the ancient volcano no longer looked down upon the surrounding peaks of the Cascades. Nothing remains but the base, which forms the rim of Crater Lake. How this was half filled with water and remains so year after year, century after century, with no apparent outlet, is a mystery beyond man’s solution.
Crater Lake is oval in shape, six miles long and four miles wide. The 22 miles of shoreline are shear precipices towering from 1,000 to 2,000 feet above the surface of the water. These surrounding precipices, though only ragged portions of the old-time base are mountains in themselves, some of them having elevations of over 9,000 feet above the sea. At only one point can the water be reached. This is at Eagle Rock, where the wagon road leads up to the brink of the rim, whence a winding trail has been cut down to the lake’s edge. The lake surface is 6,239 feet above sea level, and the water has a depth of 2,000 feet.
The water of the lake is cold, pure, and sweet. The entire park is one great fortress of solitude reigned over by the wild things of the mountain. Standing anywhere on the cauldron’s rim and gazing down on the deep blue surface or looking out across the miles and miles of mountains, one sees no life except that of the wild, hears no sound except the dashing of the waves against the rocks or the whispers of the wind through the hemlocks.
Two and one-half miles from Eagle Rock (though it seems but a stone’s throw to one who stands and looks across) is cone-shaped Wizard Island, which rises to a height of 845 feet above the water. In the top of Wizard Island is a deep depression, or smaller crater, filled with snow, but which was the last smoking chimney of the great volcano.
Not far from the shore is a craggy little islet known as the Phantom Ship. Its rugged hull, with rocks towering like the masts of a ship, suggest the name, and, phantom-like, disappears when viewed from changing positions and lights from the shore.
Medford is the gateway to Crater Lake National Park, and it is from here that tourists and campers prepare from the journey on the interesting trip. The road follows the Rogue River through a land of scenic grandeur. The river is a wild torrent at every point with cascades and waterfalls. Mills Falls, Red Blanket Falls, and the natural bridge are passed en route leading through the center of the Cascades or upper Rogue Forest Reserve, the greatest forest of sugar pine in the world. The national park is under the guarding hand of Uncle Sam’s vigilant rangers during the summer months. The distance from Medford to the lake is 85 miles and has ideal camping places with splendid hunting grounds everywhere. The journey is one of extreme pleasure and delight.”
Oregon Birding Trails
The Oregon Cascades Birding Trail is the first of several birding trails throughout the state designed to showcase the region’s birds and spectacular scenery for local residents and visitors from around the globe. This website provides comprehensive resources on the trail, including the complete trail guide consisting of detailed maps and information concerning the trail’s accessibility as well as the birds you are likely to see while visiting it.
Volcanic Legacy Byway
The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway traverses the southern section of the great Cascade range, a chain of active volcanoes that stretch from the Canadian border to northern California.
Of the 13 potentially active volcanoes in the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, 11 have erupted in the past 4,000 years and 7 in just the past 200 years. Cascades volcanoes tend to erupt explosively, and on average two eruptions occur per century–the most recent were at Mount St. Helens, Washington (1980-86), and Lassen Peak, California (1914-17).
The major volcanoes you will explore along the Byway are Crater Lake, Medicine Lake, Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen. Crater Lake, or Mount Mazama, is the least active of these peaks…it has not been active for over 4000 years. The 6 mile wide caldera, which Crater Lake now fills, formed 6,950 years ago when a massive ash eruption emptied the magma chamber underneath Mount Mazama, causing it to collapse. The 4,000 foot hole has filled with rain and snowmelt to a depth of about 1,900 feet. Seepage and evaporation now balance the incoming precipitation and the level of the lake remains nearly constant.
Pacific Crest Trail
From desert to glacier-flanked mountain, meadow to forest, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) symbolizes everything there is to love and protect in the Western United States. Join us as we celebrate, enjoy, and safeguard this unique American treasure.