Klamath Lake and Upper Klamath Basin

Crater Lake sits at about 7500 foot in elevation on the crest of the Cascade Mountains and has no outlets, it does have hundreds of springs that drain the mountain. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in North America at 1943 ft. deep.

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The Rogue River drains west to meet the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach, Oregon. The Klamath Basin sits in the valley to the East side of the Cascades and Crater Lake. The Klamath Basin springs form the Klamath River which flows to the Pacific Ocean and meets the sea at Klamath, California.

The Klamath Basin has much to offer the outdoor traveler. From a visit to Crater Lake National Park exiting the East entrance of the park you will take a route down the Eastside of the Cascades following Anne Creek to the ranching settlement of Fort Klamath. Near here the Wood River and Crooked Creek bubble to the surface from huge crystal springs. If you look close as you travel you may spot artisan wells in the fields around the area.

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The Wood River joined by Anne Creek and together flow south to form Agency Lake and the Upper Klamath Lake: while a few mile east Cooked Creek does the same. Quaking Aspens line these streams with their undercut banks where huge Rainbow and Brown Trout hide. These streams are open to fishing with flies and lures only no bait.

klamath-basin-duckAbout 10 miles east of Fort Klamath is Hwy 97; the main north / south route along the east flank of the Cascade Mountains. Spring Creek meets the Williamson River at Collier State Park home to a great early Logging Museum. Joining flows just after the Williamson leaves the Upper Klamath Marsh. Flowing south and a little west trough Quaking Aspen groves and Ponderosa Pine forests to empty into Upper Klamath Lake. On its way the Williamson is met by the Sprague River at Chiloquin. Chiloquin was the home to fly fishing Master Fly Tier, E.H. “Polly” Rosborough, who passes away in his sleep in 1997 at the age of 95. A ledged in the fly fishing community.

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