Hunter’s Hot Springs Resort
The Hot Springs were originally established in 1925 as a destination resort that provided therapy, rest and recuperation. The health benefits of mineral-rich, hot springs have been documented over the years for their healing attributes. Relieving stress by their natural heat, the minerals absorbed through the skin revitalize the body and spirit. Natural hot springs has been also known to relieve sore muscles while relieving the stiffness associated with arthritis.
Hot Springs (or ‘hot pots’) are located across the resort property. These springs have a temperature range from 185 to 210 degrees. They have chosen the best ‘hot pots’ to supply an outdoor pool with crystal clear mineral water. Guests may treat themselves to a steamy dip in the pool between 7 am and 10 pm. The pool is maintained between 102 and 104 degrees during the winter.
After a long day of skiing or boarding, what better way to end a perfect day than to relax in an outdoor hot mineral water pool? The pool is available for those not staying at the resort, and dressing rooms and shower facilities are available.
Oregon’s Outback National Scenic Byway
Oregon’s Outback National Scenic Byway is a 170 mile long drive beginning south of La Pine in the volcanic region of Central Oregon and extending south into the vast Great Basin Sagebrush Desert. In this land of contrasts, one can enjoy a feeling of solitude surrounded with landscape relatively untouched by modern civilization; view abundant wildlife such as antelope, coyotes, deer and a myriad of bird species, all the while enjoying traditional western hospitality and amenities along the way.
Traveling from Fort Rock south to Goose Lake, one can only imagine the vast lakes this area hosted only a few thousand years ago. These lakes dried up over the millennia, as the climate grew drier, stranding old shorelines and exposing lake beds that have turned to broad flat deserts and rolling sand dune hills. Summer, Silver, Abert and Goose Lakes are mere remnants of the vast lakes that once filled Oregon’s high desert, and though much diminished, these lakes remain a vital source of water to the region’s plants, animals and peoples.
The Lakeview area is rich in opportunities for year-round bird watching. Public lands vary from the mixed conifer forests on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains to the beautiful high desert country of Oregon’s Outback. Among the special areas are a number of impressive wetlands: the 51,000-acre Warner Wetlands in Lake County, and the 3,200-acre Wood River Wetlands in Klamath County. Both are stop-over points or nesting areas on the Pacific Flyway for millions of migrating waterfowl each year, making them favorite places of many bird watchers.
Summer Lake Wildlife Area is located at the north end of Summer Lake, a large basin almost 10 miles long. This is an excellent site for migrant and wintering waterfowl, nesting marsh species, and migrant shorebirds. Specialty birds in these areas include: Tundra Swan; Greater Whitefronted, Snow, and Ross’s Geese; White-faced Ibis; Bald Eagle; Prairie Falcon; Snowy Plover; Long-billed Curlew and Loggerhead and Northern Shrikes.
Upper Klamath Refuge was established in 1928 and is comprised of 15,000 acres of mostly freshwater marsh and open water. These habitats serve as excellent nesting and brood rearing areas for waterfowl and colonial nesting birds including American white pelican and several heron species. Bald eagle and osprey nest nearby and can sometimes be seen fishing in Refuge waters. A boat is a must for those who wish to explore this refuge. A marked canoe trail is open year round and canoes may be rented nearby. Significant speciesincludeAmerican bald eagle, American white pelican, Osprey, Canada goose, Pintail, mallard, gadwall, canvasback, Western & eared grebes, Black tern, Great blue heron, Great egret, snowy egret.
Established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, Lower Klamath Refuge is our nation’s first waterfowl refuge. This 46,900 acre Refuge is a varied mix of shallow freshwater marshes, open water, grassy uplands, and croplands that are intensively managed to provide feeding, resting, nesting, and brood rearing habitat for waterfowl and other water birds. A marked 10-mile auto tour allows visitors year round access to great wildlife viewing opportunities. The Refuge also has a number of photoblinds which are strategically situated for great early-morning photography.Significant species include Bald Eagle, Golden eagle, American white pelican, White-faced ibis, Snow, Ross’, white-fronted, & Canada geese, Peregrine falcon, Pintail, mallard, gadwall, canvasback, Western & eared grebes, Black tern and Tri-colored blackbird.
Klamath Marsh Refuge was established in 1958 when approximately 16,400 acres were purchased from the Klamath Indians with Federal Duck Stamp Funds. In 1990 and 1998, additional acquisitions boosted Refuge acreage to 40,646. Originally designated as Klamath Forest National Wildlife Refuge, the Refuge was recently renamed as virtually all of the historic Klamath Marsh now lies within Refuge boundaries. This large natural marsh provides important nesting, feeding, and resting habitat for waterfowl, while the surrounding meadowlands are attractive nesting and feeding areas for sandhill crane, yellow rail, and various shorebirds and raptors. The adjacent pine forests also support diverse wildlife including great gray owl and Rocky Mountain elk.
The town of Lakeview is nationally known as the Hang Gliding Capitol of the West. Doherty Slide Hang Glider Launch Site has become a popular take-off point for pilots from around the world who come to Lake County to fly. Even if you are not a pilot, the site offers a sweeping panorama from the top of Guano Rim, with the added excitement of colorful hang gliders riding the winds above Oregon’s high desert.