World Class Recreation

Fly fishing the legendary waters of the North Umpqua River. Backpacking along the Pacific Crest Trail. Floating the infamous roaring Rogue River. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing around the winter wonderland of Crater Lake. This region hosts epic and endless outdoor recreation opportunities that draws people from around the world. Whether you’re looking to summit the top of Mount Thielsen or meander along sandy stretches of the Rogue River, the recreational pursuits will be sure to satisfy all levels of adrenaline.


Casting along the North Umpqua. Photo by Ken Morrish

Hiking the Rogue Trail. Photo by Zoe Kimball

Hiking the Rogue Trail. Photo by Zoe Kimball

Your Back Country Hiking Guide
While Crater Lake National Park receives an increasing number of visitors every year, the surrounding wildlands remain relatively quiet and free of congestion. Whether you’re looking for a backpacking trail or a simple waterfall excursion, there is something for everyone. Visit the interactive map and hikes page for top hiking adventures around the greater Crater Lake region.

Conservation and Vibrant Local Economies
Conserving natural treasures is not only good for healthy wildlands and wildlife. World class recreation supports gateway communities and provides sustainable revenue and good jobs. In Oregon, outdoor recreation generates $13 billion annually. In 2015, Crater Lake National Park received over 600,000 visitors who spent $61 million during their visit, while supporting 769 jobs.

Aside from the direct impacts, retirees, skilled workers and young families have chosen to move to Crater Lakes gateway communities for the natural scenery and quality of life these public lands provide. Protecting these special places will ensure Oregon remains competitive in attracting businesses in an increasingly competitive world market.

Tourism and outdoor recreation will continue to grow in Oregon. Investing and preserving our natural heritage will support surrounding communities with a thriving, sustainable future.

Snowshoeing around Crater Lake in the winter

Snowshoeing around Crater Lake in the winter. Photo by Erik Fernandez