My Fave 5 Klamath Kayak Tours
by Kyla Merwin Cheney
The fall colors are exploding all over Oregon right now and this is no time for an armchair adventure. Bike, hike, or drive: it’s time to push off. In fact, let’s jump into canoes and kayaks and wend our way through the dazzling colors of Klamath County.
Oregon canvas is dappled with groves of aspen, tendrils of vine maple, spiny sweetgum, asters, mountain ash and dogwood, and more. Serious leaf peepers will want to consult the Oregon Fall Foliage blogspot, which is a terrific resource updated as the weather and the leaves continue to change.
Colors aren’t the only fall feature you’ll enjoy this time of year, with birds flocking to waterways on the Pacific Flyway. The good folks at Roe Outfitters, explain: “Birding and other wildlife can be abundant as you explore from your canoe or kayak During the fall and spring one-three million ducks, geese, swans and other birds make their way to the Basin to rest and feed before continuing on their migratory journey.” For the best birding opportunities, Roe Outfitters recommends you paddle early or late in the day.
Upper Klamath Lake
A 7.5-mile canoe/kayak trail weaves through the channels of Upper Klamath Lake near Rocky Point. Excellent way to view the many species of waterfowl and scenic beauty of the Cascade Mountains. Canoe rentals are available at Rocky Point Resort. Enjoy moonlight tours with a guided trip from Roe Outfitters.
Located on the Upper Klamath Canoe Trail, Malone Springs is a great paddle almost any time of year. This 15,000 acre freshwater marsh offers a glimpse into the reasons why the Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1928. A true jewel of our area, paddling the Canoe Trail is a treat you shouldn’t miss while in the area. The water is calm with a little movement. Birds, beaver lodges and beautiful views are highlights. Source: Roe Outfitters.
The Williamson River runs through a stunning, secluded canyon in Southern Oregon. Launch your kayak or canoe from Collier State Park on the east side of Highway 97. Paddle upstream one mile and you'll be in the canyon, but not before you pass beautiful meadows, Ponderosa pine stands and a nesting bald eagle.
The Wood River is a slow moving spring creek that cuts through meadows, ranch lands and forest. On the way to Crater Lake National Park, the Wood River is fed by natural springs and is home to many birds and big native rainbow and brown trout. Coyotes and deer frequent its banks and bald eagles often soar overhead.
Pelican Butte rises in the distance from the clear, cold waters of Agency Lake. You can also paddle to the Wood River Wetland from Agency Lake. Launch along the eastern shore, off Modoc Point Road, at Petric Park, the Wood River Wetland, or Henzel park.
Other Great Places
Canoe or kayak on Spring Creek, Crescent Lake, Odell Lake or Fort Creek for some of the clearest water you will ever see. Watch for Mare's Eggs, a rare form of coldwater algae that look like glass balls. When you reach the headwaters take a look at where the water bubbles out of the earth making the sand "dance." Take along your fishing pole; these streams are renowned for their world-class fly-fishing. Source: Discover Klamath.
Oregon Fall Foliage
Southern Oregon link