Life in Klamath Falls
Outdoors is the favorite venue of most residents. Klamath Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Oregon, named by Sailing Magazine as one of the 10 best sailing lakes in North America. With 35-mile-long stretches and winds of 10-20 knots, teams from around the world participate in the Klamath Yacht Club’s regattas. Others enjoy the lakes and rivers of the county by kayaking, canoeing, power boating, windsailing, and windsurfing.
Our CommunityFPC is nestled in the eastern foot- hills of the Cascade Mountains about 20 miles north of the California border. We are located roughly equidistant between Portland and Sacramento, and within easy driving distance of the Bay Area and Reno, Nevada.
At 4,100 feet, Klamath Falls is in Oregon’s high desert, with mountains to the west and north, desert to the east, and wetlands to the south. In this high desert oasis, we enjoy the openness of our beautiful outdoors, 300 days of sunshine a year, abundant hunting, world class fly fishing, camping, cycling, and hiking all around us.
WildlifePelicans, bald eagles, and water fowl are common sights in the Basin. The six National Wildlife Refuges are home to 245 species of birds. Three- quarters of the waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway stop in the Klamath Basin. America’s old- est birding celebration, The Winter Wings Festival, is held annually over President’s weekend. This family-friendly event attracts participants internationally for four full days of field trips and lectures, hands on-activities
The Bill Collier Ice Arena is a full NHL ice arena that hosts figure skating events, ice hockey leagues, curling, broomball, and ice skating classes.
Steen’s Sports Park is the largest privately-funded multipurpose sports facility in the Western United States. Steen’s Sports Park features a 60,000 foot state-of-the art field house, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, skateboarding park, jogging paths, and picnic areas.
Crater Lake, one of the nation’s oldest national parks and the only one in Oregon, sits at over 6,000 feet in elevation. At 1,943 feet it is the deepest lake in the United States. In 1911, author Jack London called Crater Lake “the finest thing I have ever seen.”
Runners, cyclists and snowshoers enjoy the OC&E Trail, a 109- mile rail-to-trail conversion in Klamath and Lake Counties. The Great Klamath Circle, a 150+ mile network of trails, will one day circle Upper Klamath Lake and link Klamath Falls with the Fremont- Winema National Forest and Crater Lake National Park.
Over 5 miles of easily accessible nature and hiking trails exist within our city limits. A short drive leads to the Mountain Lakes Wilderness, Sky Lakes Wilderness, Pacific Crest Trail, Lake of the Woods, Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Thielsen for exploring the wilds of the Cascade Mountains.