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What to do in Klamath Falls, Oregon

Set between Crater Lake and Lava Beds National Monument, Klamath Falls draws visitors with outdoor adventures, historical sites, and comfort food.

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  • Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon, picture
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    Upper Klamath Lake is a nature photographer's dream, especially at dawn.
  • Clark's grebes in the water at Putnam's Point in Klamath Lake, picture
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    Two Clark's grebes posture in the water at Putnam's Point on Upper Klamath Lake.

Sights and events

Baldwin Hotel Museum Built in 1906 and transformed into a modern hotel with electricity and indoor plumbing, the Baldwin today maintains period rooms and a re-created early-20th-century doctor’s office, classroom, and grocery store. 31 Main St. Favell Museum American Indian bronzes, miniature Colt .45s, and a dazzling fire opal arrowhead are just a few of the nearly 100,000 artifacts at this fascinating museum, the legacy of longtime Klamath clothier Gene Favell. 125 W. Main St. Lake of the Woods Friday nights mean public outdoor movies at this lakeside resort, where family flicks play on a screen on the side of the general store. Summertime Saturdays include live music and barbecue. 950 Harriman Rte. Linkville Playhouse The Summer Mini-Festival (July 8–23, 2016) features one-act plays put on by Klamath Basin’s oldest community acting troupe. 201 Main St.

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Catch lake and forest views while on a zip line in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Outdoors Crater

Lake Zipline Enjoy a guided glide through the pine-scented canopy on Oregon’s longest zip line tour—1.5 miles of airy cables, controlled free falls, and sky bridges. 29840 Hwy. 140 W. Moore Mountain Trail System From easy jaunts to strenuous climbs, more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails wend their way above the southern shore of Upper Klamath Lake, with frequent views of the Link River Canyon, Lake Ewauna, and Mount Scott’s volcanic cinder cone. Trailheads off Cypress Avenue and in Moore Park. Putnam’s Point This park offers scenic views of Upper Klamath Lake and its marina, as well as a decent chance of spotting western grebes dashing across the water in explosive summer mating rituals. Off Lakeshore Drive near Moore Park. ROE Outfitters Launch a canoe or kayak for a two-hour full-moon lake paddle, explore the freakishly blue Wood River (north of the lake), or bounce through rapids on the Upper Klamath River with local guides. (“ROE” stands for Real Oregon Experience.) 5391 Running Y Rd.

Everybody's Vintage in Klamath Falls, picture
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Anybody can find affordable retro treasures at Everybody's Vintage.

Shops

Everybody’s Vintage Pick up $5 paperbacks, Dave Brubeck or other greats on vinyl, and retro postcards at this antique and collectible outlet with a friendly owner. 733 Main St. Gypsy Chix Moonfaced mirrors and pashmina scarves adorn the walls of this home decor and recycled furniture store. Look for jars of local honey year-round. 619 Main St. Klamath Falls Farmers Market Pick up homemade fruit turnovers and tortes, grass- and hay-fed Salers beef, hand-thrown pottery, and more at this bustling market, held Saturdays through mid-October. Ninth Street between Main Street and Klamath Avenue. Mercy Phil-Am Store Push past the ninja claws and other paraphernalia up front to find a small Philippine market in back, complete with packets of dried guava and cans of tangy soursop juice. 1023 Main St.

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At A Leap of Taste, pastrami punches up a Reuben.

Eats

Gustavo’s Baja Bar and Restaurant Make the scenic, 15-minute drive along Upper Klamath Lake to the Village at Running Y for plates of prosciutto-wrapped shrimp, dorado in mango sauce, and other Baja-inspired fare. Reservations recommended. 5417 Running Y Rd. A Leap of Taste Fair-trade coffee, Mediterranean quinoa salads, and flavorful Reubens are staples in this airy downtown café. 907 Main St. Mia & Pia’s Pizzeria & Brewhouse A lively Italian-run burger joint southeast of downtown features homemade pizza, a great selection of craft beers, and tables large enough for a family reunion. 3545 Summers Ln. Portland Street Market At this surprisingly well-stocked grocery hidden in a residential area, pick up savory breakfast biscuits with sausage gravy or ready- to-eat picnic items such as tri-tip sandwiches, potato or pasta salad, and a reasonably priced bottle of Oregon pinot or craft beer. 1842 Portland St. Rodeos Pizza & Saladeria Find gourmet pizzas such as the Brussel Pie (with brussels sprouts, sweet onions, and sun-dried tomatoes) and salads including the Sriracha, a spiced-up Caesar, at this small, checkered-floor eatery. 1215 Main St.

This article was first published in July 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.