7. Wood River Day Use Area

7. Wood River Day Use Area
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The Wood River Day Use area is located off Highway 62 (Crater Lake Highway) approximately two miles from Fort Klamath and approximately 40 miles from Klamath Falls, Oregon.


There is an extensive improved trail system from the day use area along the Wood River through large aspen and cottonwood stands, which are surrounded by lodgepole and ponderosa pine.

Distinct Features:

The day use area is disabled accessible and has a very nice improved trail system with benches at popular stopping points from the picnic area through large stands of aspens and cottonwoods, along the river in willow riparian areas, to an overlook of the river. The day use area also has picnic tables, BBQ pits and a restroom. In the fall, the aspen and cottonwoods turn a brilliant yellow allowing for wonderful photography opportunities.

Birds to Look For:

Along the Wood River, birders can see or hear Wood Duck, Sora, Virginia Rail, Wilson's Phalarope, Common Nighthawk, Common Snipe, and Tree Swallow. The aspen and cottonwood stands areas are rich with bird species diversity and birders can see all three sapsucker species, White-headed Woodpecker, Western Wood-Peewee, Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red Crossbill, Dark-eyed Junco, Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Hermit Thrush, Cassin's and Warbling vireos, Black-headed Grosbeak and many songbird species. Great Horned Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Long-eared Owl (rare) and Great Gray Owl (along the 960 Rd.) may be seen or heard as well. This site is also a great place to see migratory birds like flycatchers, Townsend's and Yellow Warblers, Clark's Nutcracker (fall), Violet-green Swallow (fall), Varied thrush (fall), Northern Shrike (late fall) and White-crowned Sparrow.


From Highway 62, take County Road 623 (also called Sun Mountain Rd.). This is the same road that travelers take to get to Kimball State Park, which there is a sign for on the Highway The turnoff for the picnic area is one mile from Highway 62 on Forest Service Road 960 (which is paved). GPS: 121° 58' 54.12" W, 42° 42' 15.34" N.

For more information Contact:

Chiloquin Ranger District
38500 Highway 97 North
Chiloquin, OR 97624

Fremont-Winema National Forests
Klamath Falls Office
2819 Dahlia Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

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