Description - Southern Oregon offers a balanced mix of natural, historical and cultural attractions. There are many reasons visitors are drawn to this area.
- The centerpiece of Southern Oregon is Crater Lake National Park, Oregons only National Park. Crater Lake is 1,932 feet deep, the deepest lake in the United States. Visitors are often amazed by the deep blue water that filled the caldera following the eruption. Today, thermal springs continue to discharge hot water beneath the lake.
This region includes atleast portions of four different National Forests: The Umpqua, Roque River, Winema and Fremont. These forests offer an incredible array of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Southern Oregon is home to 11 State Parks. Casey State Park sits along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. Collier Memorial State Park features an outdoor museum of historic logging equipment and a relocated pioneer village. J. F. Kimball State Park is a pristine site located at the headwaters of the Wood River. This stream flows from the pine forest into open meadow land laced with picturesque quaking aspen surrounded by the southern Cascade Mountains.
To the east, seven different wildlife refuges can be found in Klamath Basin, home to the largest wintering concentration of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Whitewater enthusiasts and anglers can seek endless adventure on the Rogue, Klamath and Umpqua rivers. A recreation mecca, the Rogue River meanders by many fishing lodges and through several scenic areas.
Recreation - White-water rafting, fishing, jet-boating and kayaking are all popular activities on the rivers of this region. Other popular activities in this recreation-rich region include hiking, backpacking, camping, boating, picnicking, horseback riding, hunting, viewing scenery, viewing historic sites, and viewing wildlife.
Climate - Climate in this region varies with elevation and from east to west. The western portions of this region experience higher precipitation and more moderate temperatures year-round. The eastern end of this region is much more arid, with warmer summer temperatures and colder winter temperatures. The higher elevations receive abundant winter snowfall which stays on the ground until early summer in the high mountains.
This region encompasses south-central Oregon. It includes Crater Lake National Park and the areas around Medford and Klamath Falls. Interstate 5 leads through the region.