The General Recreation Page will feature activities that everybody enjoys doing in the outdoors of Southern Oregon. That will vary by season. But, we will give you a lot of information on all kinds of ways that you can get out and enjoy the great outdoors in this special part of the world that we live in.
RECREATION INFORMATION -
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK NORTH ENTRANCE OPEN FOR THE SEASON!
Courtesy of Klamath Falls News:
The North Entrance Road and West Rim Drive in Crater Lake National Park are open for travel. Superintendent Craig Ackerman announced that visitors will now be able to drive to and from the park via this popular route and access spectacular views of the lake from West Rim Drive. This is a very early opening for Crater Lake’s North Entrance. Warm temperatures and a low snow pack have resulted in a greatly accelerated spring opening this year.
Full story -> https://kfne.ws/2xdcqhV
There is other Crater Lake National Park news to report. Here is an additional report about increased fees from our partners at Klamath Falls News.
CRATER LAKE AND LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT ENTRY FEES INCREASE
Fees will increase across National Parks this season and the majestic Crater Lake National Park & mysterious Lava Beds National Monument will not be immune.Fees increased to $25 per vehicle for both Crater Lake and the Lava Beds.
Revenue from entrance fees remains in the National Park Service and helps offset maintenance costs of buildings, trails, roads and more. 80% of entrance fees collected by each park stay inside that particular park.
We want to provide visitors with the best possible experience when they come to the park,” said Crater Lake National Park Superintendent, Craig Ackerman. “The money from entrance fees is used to support deferred maintenance and a variety of projects that directly benefit park visitors such as improving park trails and expanding parking at the popular Cleetwood Trailhead.”
Click here to see the full press release from the National Parks and also more details.
Camping, camping, camping......yeah we are always going to give you GREAT camping information. But here comes the GREATEST camping information of all! THIS weekend June 2nd and 3rd is....
FREE CAMPING AT OREGON STATE PARK CAMPGROUNDS SATURDAY JUNE 2ND
FREE DAY USE OF OREGON STATE PARKS SATURDAY JUNE 2ND AND SUNDAY JUNE 3RD.
What started as a free fishing weekend in Oregon has morphed into a chance for people to get out and explore Oregon's State Parks and Campgrounds. These places are among the most breathtaking in the country. From the beauty of the Oregon Coast to the incredible views of Eastern Oregon you will get to see all that the state parks offer for free the first weekend of June. There will be no access fees to get into state parks. On Saturday night, any open camping spaces will be free on first come, first served basis. Here locally in Southern Oregon the toughest parks to find an open and thus free campsite are those at the coast and Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Reservoir near Shady Cove. But, Valley of the Rogue State Park in Rogue River usually has open sites as will Collier State Park and LaPine State Park east of the Cascades. To get more information, click here.
We are blessed to have many great courses to enjoy here in Southern Oregon. I am going to line you out on some of those. These courses will reflect a wide range of type of courses. Everything from executive nine holers to championship flight courses that have been laid out by the biggest names in the golf industry.
CENTENNIAL GOLF COURSE - MEDFORD.
Centennial Golf Club opened to rave reviews on May 20, 2006 and has been the talk of the town since. This facility boasts 18 holes of spectacular golf designed by two time PGA Tour winner and 1977 US Amateur Champion, John Fought. Centennial Golf Club is centrally located in Medford, Oregon at the heart of the bountiful Rogue Valley region.
Stretching over 7300 yards from the back tees, this fun-filled layout will also be home to an inviting clubhouse (complete with golf shop and restaurant) and a functional practice facility.
“The design at Centennial was inspired by the classic designs from the Golden Age of golf course architecture when such geniuses as Donald Ross, Alistair Mackenzie and AW Tillinghast were creating their master works” states golf course architect John Fought. to see the full course layout and to learn more about it, click here.
STONE RIDGE GOLF COURSE - EAGLE POINT.
Tucked away in the Rogue Valley, Stone Ridge Golf Course sprawls across a scenic and ever-changing landscape. With trees, water features, and a variety of elevation changes, every hole offers something different. Not only that, each hole provides stunning views, some that even stretch to Mt. McLoughlin.
The landing areas are generous, allowing a little room for error, but the large greens can be tough if you're not paying attention to your pin placement. Stone Ridge is a golf course where you'll find yourself using all the clubs in your bag but it's not overly rigorous.
The course is a fun challenge for players of all skill levels and it's also one of the more affordable courses in the area. Many locals consider it one of southern Oregon's must-play golf courses. Stone Ridge G.C. also has a full-length driving range with both natural and artificial tees. For more information, click here.
OAK KNOLL GOLF COURSE - ASHLAND.
The 9-hole Oak Knoll Golf Course in Ashland, OR is a public golf course that opened in 1924. Oak Knoll Golf Course measures 3020 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 34.1 USGA rating. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels. Oak Knoll will usally have very playable conditions in the winter when other courses are in icy fog in Jackson County. The spring months will usually find this course playing exceptionally well. The course does have a driving range to warm up or fine tune your swing. For more information, click here.
LAUREL HILL GOLF COURSE - GOLD HILL.
This beautiful 9-hole golf course is nestled near the town of Gold Hill just off of Interstate 5 in the heart of the Rogue Valley. It is a heavily treed course and that is both good and bad. The good part is that on sunny hot days, this course offers abundant shade and cooler conditions to enjoy a round of golf. On the bad side, errant shots here are going to find a lot of trouble very fast. Many times these shots disappear never to be seen again. This course is a teacher. It will force you to hit accurate shots. But, when you do, it will reward you with the chance to shoot low scores. This is an excellent course to golf with kids at. It is very low key and kids are really welcomed here. They have a long standing summer vacation golf program for kids here that is very popular. To learn more about this course, click here.
DUTCHER CREEK GOLF COURSE - GRANTS PASS.
Just four and a half miles west of Grants Pass Oregon, nestled in the beautiful Rogue Valley is the Dutcher Creek Golf course. This picturesque par 70 course golf course is set in pastureland just north of the Rogue River. You'll enjoy a 360 degree panorama of the Siskiyou and Grayback mountain ranges. The only sounds you'll hear are geese overhead, the crack of your drive, and the rustling of the wind through the trees as your ball falls in the hole.
Most of the fairways are wide open, but tree-lined chutes pose challenges on several of the men's tees. The Dutcher Creek Clubhouse offers equipment, clothes, snacks, and beverages. For practice From the patio outside the clubhouse, golfers can relax after their game and observe a panoramic view of the entire course.
The setting here is spectacular. The course is fun for both the novice and the experienced golfer, plus Dutcher Creek is one of the best golf values in Southern Oregon. For more information, click here.