There are so very many outdoor activities in the countryside around Chiloquin. Hopefully these photo galleries will convince you to come and see for yourself! Parks and Places:
Within about 30 miles of Chiloquin, you will find
, Crater Lake National Park , Collier Memorial State Park , Kimble State Park , Ft. Klamath Park Museum , Klamath Fish Hatchery and Spring Creek headwaters , as well as boat ramps in Chiloquin and Rocky Point providing boat access to several wetland areas, rivers and lakes. free county parks
Partial clearing brings a patch of blue to an otherwise white world of snow and rime at the rim of Crater Lake.
The ‘Phantom Ship’ rises 160 ft above the blue water of Crater Lake. Diamond Peak in the background.
The classic view of Wizard Island in a spectacularly blue Crater Lake.
Annie Creek viewed from the Godfrey Glen trail at Crater Lake National Park on an autumn afternoon.
Hiking the Godfrey Glen trail at Crater Lake National Park on a fall afternoon.
Perfect reflections on a calm, autumn day in the pool at the headwaters of the Wood River in Jackson Kimble State Park.
Spring green and clear, turquoise water at the headwaters of the Wood River in Jackson Kimble State Park.
Demonstration of log skidding with draft horses for Living History Day at Collier State Park and Logging Museum
Viewing the crystal clear water of Spring Creek from the foot bridge at Collier State Park and Logging Museum
Hay rides on a wagon pulled by a steam tractor during Living History Day at Collier Memorial Sate Park and Logging Museum
Grass is greening and willows are blooming along the Wood River Wetlands hiking and birding trail in spring.
Canada Geese coming in for a landing on the partially thawed Wood River Canal, on a spring day.
Late afternoon sun glinting on the Wood River and Agency Lake on a cold, wintry, spring day.
Looking out from the Wood River Wetlands over a wall of reeds and cattails, towards hills made hazy by the smoke of late summer wild fires.
Just Driving Around:
There are several parks and places of interest to see in this area, but that’s not all there is – not by a long shot. Just driving around going from home to Chiloquin or over to see a friend, this is what you’ll see. All of these photos were taken from a roadway, and the great thing is that no one cares if you stop your car on the road to take a photo. They just smile and wave and drive around.
Agency Lake seen from the intersection of South Chiloquin Rd and Modoc Point Rd.
This great horned owl is out in daylight viewing all who pass down Seven Mile Rd.
Llama guarding a small flock of sheep along Modoc Point Rd.
The waters of Pelican Bay, seen from the free boat launch at Rocky Point
Vehicles wait for cattle to pass on Seven Mile Rd.
A grove of Aspen trees along Modoc Point Rd
A tall barn and a tall peak on the Crater Lake rim, seen from Weed Rd in the Wood River Valley.
A foggy autumn day at the entrance to the Wood River Wetlands parking area.
A rainbow ends in a pot of golden aspen trees along Seven Mile Rd in the fall.
Overwintering cows in the Chiloquin area have a tough life.
The flat Wood River Valley looks cold and inhospitable in winter, but is a magnificent sight from Seven Mile Rd.
Fog creeps in at sunset along Modoc Point Rd
Frost on an elm tree, on Modoc Point Rd
Sunset over a row of cottonwood trees, seen from Modoc Point Rd
Canoeing and Boating:
Just can’t go wrong here if you like to be on the water. From lakes and wetlands to rivers and spring fed creeks; it’s all here.
For a listing of places to go, see And this is what you’ll see when you get out there…. the Crater Lake’s Backyard website
Many birds (and fish) like to cluster at the mouth of the Wood River on Agency Lake
Pelicans feeding near the shore of Agency Lake
Canoeing among the Wocus on Agency Lake
Canoe trail on Crystal Creek heading north from Malone Springs towards Crystal Springs
Muskrat in the marshy area of Agency Lake
Otter swimming near Rocky Point; seen all through the Upper Klamath Lake and Agency Lake area.
Canoe trail on Crystal Creek, near Malone Springs in the Upper Klamath Wildlife Refuge
Canoe trail through the Upper Klamath Wildlife Refuge, out from Rocky Point.
Yellow Monkey Face growing on a mossy log in the very shallow spring fed headwaters of Spring Creek
The beautiful turquoise water of Spring Creek, found near the headwaters and springs.
Mare’s Eggs – a rare cold water algae that requires constant water temperature of 39-43 degrees F, in Spring Creek.
Rein orchids growing on a moss covered log in Spring Creek.
Wocus flower (yellow pond lily), their seeds historically a staple food for the Klamath Tribes.
Pelicans on the Wood River near the Crooked Creek confluence, Pelican Butte behind.
To photograph all the species of birds that live or pass through here, would take a lifetime and fill a book. The birds are fabulous. On a spring morning a cacophony of bird songs fills the air. Here are just a few….
Sometimes Overlooked Wildlife:
Aside from deer, elk, bears, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, there is a diverse assortment of other wildlife living with us. Here are just a very few of them….
Winter is our main season. It comes early and stays late. It usually begins sometime in November and finally lets up sometime in April. Sometimes it snows a lot; sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it rains. It gets foggy for a few weeks, but is often sunny. It can be above freezing but is often well below.
Frost on the grass, ice on the water, low-lying fog, sun shining brightly – a typical winter day in the Wood River Wetlands
Cross country skiing on the road into the Wood River Wetlands – an 11 mile trip with enough snow – doesn’t happen a lot.
In winter, the water of the Wood River meets the ice of the Wood River Canal in a flowing design.
Before the snow plow arrives a cross-county skier takes a quick jaunt along Modoc Point Rd, while a neighbor checks for mail.
Best to keep up with the snow blowing when a big storm hits!
Wet snow, blown against a picket fence, is plastered on every post. Near Ft. Klamath
Wind-sculptured snow is a reminder that those canoes will not be put to use for some time yet.
Neighbors chat after clearing enough snow to drive in and out, after a big storm for the Chiloquin area.
The Wood River in winter, near Ft. Klamath
Annie Creek winds through the white of winter in the Wood River Valley near Ft. Klamath. Crater Lake Rim in the background.
Frost flowers form on fingers of thin ice where the still water of a small pond meets the flowing water of the Wood River.
A low, icy cold fog creeps in from the wetlands as the sun goes down along Modoc Point Rd.
Morning sun highlights the lace of an overnight frost on the bare willow branches along the Wood River Canal.
Cold enough that the winter sun does not melt the frost on the pine needles, formed during a night of freezing fog.
Despite years of logging there are still some beautiful trees – Ponderosa pines, firs, cottonwoods, willows, to name a few. There are also tiny niches where specialized plants grow, from Mare’s Egg algae to slipper orchids. Gardeners marvel at the many micro-climates they find here, and the native plants also vary from place to place depending on soil, water, sun and wind. Growing conditions can be extremely different while only a few hundred yards apart. Here are some examples….
Newly emerged Wocus leaves reach the surface as tough red leaves, while the fragile underwater leaves are a yellowish green.
Dense stands of underwater plants swirl with the flow in cold and crystal clear Crystal Creek, on the west shore of Upper Klamath Lake.
Cotton covered water, bigleaf lupine flowers and thunderstorms all go together in a Chiloquin spring.
Willow cotton becomes a willow blizzard in spring around any areas of water.
Horsetail (Equisetum) and ferns carpet the floor in a shady forest.
Twinflower (Linnaeus borealis) thrives in a trickle of water under a shady forest canopy.
Alpine wildflowers found at Crater Lake: pussy paws and dwarf lupine.
Dry land wildflowers on this sunny hillside are mostly lupines and Oregon Sunshine and unfortunately, the invader: cheat grass.
Spring Wild flowers: lupine, blue flax and a touch of pink checker mallow.
Tall trees and sparse creeping ground covers make up the forest plant life near the headwaters of Fort Creek.
The fall colors of aspen and wild rose, two plants that grow throughout the Chiloquin area.
Cattails provide nesting sites for (amongst others) Canada geese, blackbirds, and this little sparrow who builds in the same place every year.
This purple algae thrives in the cold freshwater springs around Upper Klamath Lake. Here at Malone Springs.
This blue-green algae in Agency Lake is the very one that is commercially harvested and sold as a super-food.