7 Unique Places to Stay in Klamath County
Looking for a unique place to stay while visiting Klamath County? You’re in luck. Southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin is positively littered and loaded with a vast network of downright glorious digs. From rustic lakeside cabins to modern glamping tents, iconic lodges to underrated gems, there’s something for every type of traveler. Plus, what all five of these lodging options share in common is easy & convenient access to some of Klamath County’s most beloved & breathtaking outdoor offerings.
1. Crater Lake Lodge
No list of unique Oregon lodging options is complete without mention of this famed and famous lodge. Located in the heart of Crater Lake National Park on the precipitous edge of Crater Lake itself, Crater Lake Lodge is a historic property with historically stellar views. The lodge was built in 1915, and for over a century, it has offered visitors prime lodging within the park boundaries. Guests of Crater Lake Lodge enjoy impossibly panoramic views of the lake, which is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the deepest in the world. The lodge also offers a variety of amenities, including a restaurant, gift shop, and tour desk. Book well in advance, because this iconic lodging option fills up quickly.
2. Crystal Creek Mountain Lodge
If you’re looking for a rustic escape, Crystal Creek Mountain Lodge is the perfect option. Situated on a creek with a natural spring on a beautiful 100-acre plot in the Klamath Basin of Southern Oregon, this lodge offers a rejuvenating nature escape. Somehow, it’s only an hour from Klamath Falls and an hour and a half from Ashland, but you’ll feel worlds away. You’ll have access to towering forests, thousands of acres of freshwater lakes, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail, and the bounty of the Cascades, making it the perfect resort for all seasons. The lodge features two equally welcoming options: the Main House and the Sportsman House. Together, these facilities sleep 19 people and are perfect for both individual travelers and groups alike. Plus, there’s truly world-class fishing right on your doorstep in nearby Upper Klamath Lake, or even in the Crystal Spring waterways on the property!
4. Odell Lake Lodge and Resort
Odell Lake Lodge and Resort is the perfect resort for all seasons, featuring a vast shoreline with breathtaking vistas, world-class fishing, and year-round outdoor recreation. Nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains in Southcentral Oregon, Odell Lake Lodge and Resort practically begs anyone with a hankering for natural serenity to visit. With 29 cozy cabins, each complete with a kitchenette, living area, and bedroom, you’ll feel right at home while surrounded by nature. From swimming and boating on the lake to fishing for trout and strolling through the peaceful forest, there’s plenty to do outdoors. In winter, enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. In short, you can never go wrong (and you can pretty much always get it right) with a trip to Odell Lake Lodge and Resort.
5. Lake of the Woods Mountain Lodge & Resort
Put simply, Lake of the Woods is a must-visit. In winter, this place embodies the phrase “winter wonderland” with eerie accuracy, with cedars frosted with snow, the lake frozen over for easy ice-skating or ice-fishing, the surrounding trails blanketed in fresh, fluffy snowfall. “Magical” doesn’t do it justice. In the warmer months, Lake of the Woods transforms into a serene summer escape on the banks of one of the clearest natural lakes in the Southern Oregon Cascades. With over 20 homey cabins to choose from as well as plenty of nearby campgrounds among towering conifer forests, there’s never a bad time to visit this world-class lodge and resort.
6. Rocky Point Resort
Situated on the edge of the Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, a mere 20 minutes from the trail-laden mecca of Spence Mountain, Rocky Point Resort offers a wide variety of picturesque lodging options. From tent camping to RV camping, cozy cabins to quaint hotel rooms—and who could forget the one-and-only Lakeside House with panoramic views of the lake?—Rocky Point offers year-round serenity on the banks of Upper Klamath Lake. Plus, an added bonus is that Rocky Point Resort offers a robust selection of watercraft rentals, from SUPs and pontoons to kayaks and canoes, perfect for accessing the nearby Upper Klamath Canoe Trail and all its angling glory.
6. Crater Lake Resort
Not to be confused with Crater Lake Lodge, the cabins and creekside glamping tents of Crater Lake Resort offer a rustic escape along the crystal clear waters of Fort Creek. A mere eight miles from Crater Lake National Park, this unassuming patch of paradise features a variety of welcoming accommodations, including close to a dozen shotgun-style cabins, four glamping tents, and plenty of expansive tent sites and RV sites where you can make yourself comfortable. In the summertime, you can canoe the languid waters of Fort Creek, then make it back to the resort premises in time for the live summer music series and food trucks.
7. The Running Y Ranch Resort
The Running Y Ranch Resort is one of the most unique places to stay in Klamath County, Oregon. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascades on 3,600 acres of sun-soaked natural splendor, the resort offers stunning natural beauty and views of the surrounding mountains and forests. But that’s not all. The Running Y is also a world-class golf resort featuring the only Arnold Palmer Course in Oregon. If you’re looking for a place to stay that offers both great recreation and stunning natural beauty, then the Running Y Ranch Resort is definitely worth considering.
For more lodging options, see our Klamath County Lodging page. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Klamath County getaway today!
Written by Ry Glover for Matcha in partnership with Discover Klamath Visitor and Convention Bureau.