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CENTRAL SOUTHWEST A T T R A C T I O N S • COLLIER MEMORIAL STATE PARK Located on U.S. Highway 97, approximately thirty miles north of Klamath Falls, Collier Memorial State Park features a campground, outdoor museum of historic logging equipment, a primitive horse camp and trailhead, and a relocated pioneer village. The park is home to the Williamson River which is regionally famous for its quality trout fishery. During the day, short hikes along the Williamson River are scheduled and led by a park naturalist. Check the park when you arrive to get a hiking schedule. CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK (Pictured Lower Right) This National Park, the sixth oldest in the country, was established on May 22, 1902. Crater Lake reaches a depth of 1,943 feet, making it the deepest lake in the United States. The lake was formed by the volcanic destruction of Mount Mazama 7,700 years ago. The park offers many hiking trails and camping spots. Unlicensed fishing is allowed throughout the park and boat tours are offered throughout the summer. Rim Drive, a driving route around the caldera's rim, affords wonderful scenic views of the park. CRESCENT LAKE Located within the Deschutes National Forest, Crescent Lake is ideal for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. A few developed campsites and boat ramps are available for camping, water-skiing, sailing, and of course, fishing. Crescent Lake harbors several species of fish including kokanee, mackinaw, rainbow and brown trout as well as mountain whitefish. DIAMOND LAKE Located in the Umpqua National Forest in Douglas County, Diamond Lake is just north of Crater Lake National Park. The lake is named for pioneer settler John Diamond, who discovered it in 1852 while on the summit of what is now known as Diamond Peak. Famous for its large rainbow trout, Diamond Lake has a reputation for being one of the most desirable fishing lakes in Southern Oregon. There are five boat ramps around the lake, as well as hiking trails leading to the summits of Mount Bailey and Mount Thielsen. Other popular recreational activities at Diamond Lake include wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and in the winter months, snowmobiling and backcountry skiing. The United States Forest Service currently operates three campgrounds surrounding the lake: Thielsen View, Broken Arrow, and the original campground, Diamond Lake. FORT KLAMATH MUSEUM In use from 1863 to 1889, Fort Klamath was once an important military outpost during conflicts with the Klamath, Modoc, and Northern Paiute tribes. Located near the western end of the Oregon Trail, between Crater Lake National Park and Upper Klamath Lake, the fort consisted of more than 50 buildings. About one mile southeast of the present community of Fort Klamath is the Fort Klamath Site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum, maintained by WWW.OREGONTRAVELCOUNCIL.COM Klamath County, stands in the location of the original guardhouse and is modeled after it. It contains displays and artifacts of the fort’s history. For more information, contact: Fort Klamath Museum 51400 HWY 62 Fort Klamath, Oregon 97626 (541) 381-2230 LOWER KLAMATH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE This wildlife preserve, operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is located in the Klamath Basin along the northern California and southern Oregon border near Klamath Falls. The refuge was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 and was the first waterfowl refuge in the United States. The area’s species include The American Bald and Golden eagle, the White-face ibis, the Peregrine Falcon, and the Tri-colored blackbird. The refuge offers wildlife v iewing areas, tours, and waterfowl hunting. REGION 4: CENTRAL SOUTHWEST F E A T U R E D NEWBERRY NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT In effort to protect the area around the Newberry Volcano, this monument was designated in 1990. The Newberry National Volcanic Monument is managed by the U.S. Forest Service within the Deschutes National Forest. Paulina Peak Summit, is the monument’s highest point at 7,985 feet; it can be accessed via rough road during the summer months. Lava River Cave, the oldest known lava tube in Oregon, is easily reached off of Highway 97 and can be explored by lantern. Planning a trip to Montana? Come see us at: montanatravelcouncil.com Montana 65