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Weekender: Klamath Falls, Ore.

Rainbow trout, migratory geese, and American Indian arrowheads make Klamath Falls, Ore., more than just a launching point for Lava Beds National Monument.

  • Cathy Herbold, Keeper's Corner, Klamath Falls, Ore., image
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    Cathy Herbold sells her crafts and antiques at Keeper’s Corner in Klamath Falls.
  • Klamath County Museum, Klamath Falls, Ore., image
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    The Klamath County Museum celebrates local history and culture in Klamath Falls.
  • Mario Rivera with chicken tacos, El Palacio, Klamath Falls, Ore., image
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    Mario Rivera recommends chicken tacos at El Palacio.
  • Migrating ducks, Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, image
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    Migrating ducks fly over the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge at dawn.
  • Mother and son on kayaks fishing, Klamath Falls, Ore., image
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    Kayaking and fishing are popular on Upper Klamath Lake in Klamath Falls, Ore.
  • Relics at Klamath County Museum, Klamath Falls, Ore., image
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    Relics tell tales of the pioneer past at Klamath County Museum.


Area code is 541 except as noted.

To do and see Favell Museum Besides boasting one of the world’s largest collections of arrowheads, the Favell is home to myriad other American Indian artifacts—feathered headdresses, pipes, beaded jewelry, and kachina dolls—plus dramatic oil paintings that star ruddy, gun-toting cowboys. 125 W. Main St., 882-9996, Klamath County Museum It’s all good fun as kids get locked up in the antique jail and schooled at the replica pioneer-era schoolroom at this celebration of local history and culture. 1451 Main St., 883-4208, Ross Ragland Theater Plays, operas, and rock shows performed inside a grand art deco marvel. 218 N. Seventh St., 884-5483, The Yeti’s Lair Climbing Gym Work out on 5,000 square feet of wall pegged with both novice and expert routes. Lessons and gear rental available. The adjoining outdoor shop, the Ledge, stocks high-end climbing, paddling, and ski gear. 369 S. Sixth St., 882-5586,

Outdoors Lava Beds National Monument Hike through pungent western juniper; visit the key sites of the 1872–1873 Modoc Indian War; or borrow a flashlight from the visitor center and stroll, standing tall, through a few of the park’s 700 lava tube caves. In Tulelake, Calif., 28 miles south. (530) 667-8113, Moore Park From mid-October through mid-November, watch some 2 million migrating ducks, geese, and swans fly above Upper Klamath Lake. 685 Lakeshore Dr., 883-5351, OC&E Woods Line State Trail A former railroad bed winds 101 miles to the lonely Sycan Marsh Preserve. The first eight miles, stretching east to Olene, are paved and often bustling with cyclists, joggers, and in-line skaters. Park at Avalon Street and Crosby Avenue, 783-2471, Join other bikers by renting wheels at Hutch’s Bicycles, 808 Klamath Ave., 850-2453, Upper Klamath Lake Northwest of town, the 30-mile-long freshwater lake is the largest in the state. Partake in some of the nation’s best rainbow trout fishing or just lazily ply the calm waters in a canoe or kayak. Boat and tackle rentals are available at Rocky Point Resort, 28121 Rocky Point Rd., 356-2287,

Shopping Keeper’s Corner A 20,000-square-foot antique and craft mall with 130 vendors selling finds such as midcentury kitchenwares, art deco jewelry, and vintage LPs. 195 E. Main St., 273-7553, Klamath Falls Farmers Market Buy welded iron sculptures, fresh herbs, and ostrich eggs. Saturdays, June 9–Oct. 27. Ninth Street between Main Street and Klamath Avenue, 273-1102, Royal Touch Women’s clothing, jewelry, and candles with a sparkly princess vibe. 634 Main St., 273-2090.

Eats The Creamery Brewpub & Grill A tasteful brewpub set in the raw, industrial home of a repurposed milk plant, with up to 12 house beers on tap. Skip the food and go right for the vanilla porter. 1320 Main St., 273-5222, Mermaid Garden Cafe A casual, cheerful restaurant with bright red chairs and turquoise-accented wood tables. Enjoy spicy portobello panini, the house-made clam chowder, or the New Jersey Sloppy Joe, named in honor of a local postman. 501 Main St., 882-3671. El Palacio A surreal nightclub-restaurant offering delicious quesadillas and tacos, plus karaoke, dancing, and tequila. 601 Main St., 882-5118, Tobiko Delectable sushi, yakisoba noodles, and Korean short ribs, served in elegant, dimly lit environs. The seaweed salad is exquisite. 618 Main St., 884-7874.

Photography by Jared Cruce; Zach Holmes/Alamy (pioneer exhibit)


This article was first published in September 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.