Southern Oregon Overview
With a warm, sunny and dry climate that belongs in nearby California, Southern Oregon, the state’s ‘banana belt,’ is an exciting place to visit. Rugged and remote landscapes are entwined with a number of designated ‘wild and scenic’ rivers, which are famous for their challenging white-water rafting, world-class fly-fishing and excellent hiking. There’s good birding in the area – especially for bald eagles – and exceptional lakes to visit, including spectacular Crater Lake.
Discover gold rush towns and historic cities teeming with farmers markets, chef-owned eateries, wine tasting rooms, galleries and theatres. In this part of the state, you can drive America’s deepest lake, visit one of the state’s highest towns, explore one of the West’s largest cave systems and fish or raft iconic rivers, like the Umpqua and the Rogue. There’s adventure everywhere you look.
Explore the Regions of Southern Oregon
The Rogue Valley is well loved for many reasons. For its “Wild and Scenic” Rogue River that runs from Crater Lake to the Pacific. For Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Pacific Crest Trail and skiing on Mount Ashland. For the rising wine country of the Applegate, Illinois and Rogue Valleys. For Medford’s revitalized downtown and amazing sports facilities and orchards. For Jacksonville’s historic old town and Britt Festivals. For the jetboats and rafting in Grants Pass where everybody knows “It’s the Climate!”–Do Something Great in the Rogue Valley.
Enjoy the year-round mild climate, magnificent scenery, and authentic experiences the Land of Umpqua. Enjoy outdoor adventures including fishing, rafting, and discovering waterfalls galore just minutes from downtown Roseburg. Travel the Volcanic Scenic Byway along the famous North Umpqua River to Crater Lake National Park. Visit historic covered bridges and the many local wineries where you will meet the winemakers personally. Wildlife Safari animal park is an adventure for the whole family–and wind up the day in the pool at the Seven Feathers Casino & Resort on the South Umpqua River.
With four well-defined seasons and over 300 days of sunshine a year, Klamath County has plenty of outdoor experiences for you to discover. From fly fishing for giant native rainbows on the Williamson River, to kayaking and whitewater rafting to on the Upper Klamath River to quiet canoeing on Klamath Lake at Rocky Point, the recreational opportunities here are virtually endless. And you just might have the place to yourself.
Southern Oregon Outback
The west is alive and kickin’ in Lake County! The area offers spectacular vistas of rich forests, century ranches and the breath-taking splendor of the high desert. Hang gliders and paragliders fill the skies in the summer, and the winter months are fabulous for skiing the powder of the Warner Canyon Ski Hill. This is a paradise for rock hounds, mountain biking, birding, hot springs, hiking, fishing and camping. Come and discover the excitement where the old west meets the very best.