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  1. Attractions
    1. Amusement Parks
    2. Aquariums & Zoos
    3. Art Galleries & Studios
    4. Casinos
    5. Movies and TV filmed in Oregon
    6. Museums & Interpretive Centers
    7. Outdoors & Nature
    8. Performing Arts
    9. Shopping
    10. Theater
    11. Tour Companies & Guides
  2. Recreation
    1. Birding
    2. Camping
    3. Cycling
    4. Fishing
    5. Golf
    6. Guides & Charters
      1. Back Country Guides
      2. Bicycle Guides
      3. Charter Boats
      4. Fishing Guides
      5. Hunting Guides
      6. Jet Boat Charters
      7. Outdoor Guides
      8. Whitewater Guides
    7. Hiking
    8. Indoor Sports
    9. Jet Boating
    10. Kayaking
    11. Oregon Adventurecations
    12. Rafting
    13. Snow Sports
    14. Sustainable Travel
  3. Eat & Drink
    1. Artisan Producers
    2. Beer & Breweries
    3. Coffee & Tea
    4. Culinary Experiences
    5. Distilleries in Oregon
    6. Farmers' Markets
    7. Oregon Food Trips
    8. Picking & Foraging
    9. Ranches
    10. Restaurants
      1. American
      2. Asian Fusion
      3. Cajun / Creole
      4. Chinese
      5. French Bistros
      6. Greek
      7. Irish
      8. Italian
      9. Japanese
      10. Latino
      11. Mediterranean
      12. Pacific Northwest
      13. Pizza
      14. Seafood
      15. Southern
      16. Thai
    11. Seafood
    12. Wineries & Wine
  4. Oregon Heritage
    1. Covered Bridges
    2. Ghost Towns
    3. Heritage Areas
    4. Heritage Museums
    5. Indian Country
    6. Lighthouses
    7. Old West & Oregon Trail
  5. Natural Wonders
    1. Bodies of Water
      1. Lakes & Reservoirs
      2. Rivers
      3. Waterfalls
    2. Forests, Parks & Refuges
      1. National Forests & Parks
      2. National Wildlife Refuges and Areas
      3. State Parks
    3. Mountains & Hills
  6. Events
    1. Animal & Agriculture Events
    2. Culinary Events
    3. Cultural Heritage Events
    4. Exhibit & Lecture Events
    5. Fairs & Festivals
    6. Flower & Garden Events
    7. Oregon Adventurecations
    8. Performing Art Events
    9. Sports Events
    10. Visual Art Events
    11. Volunteer Events
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  1. All Regions
    1. Adams
    2. Adel
    3. Adrian
    4. Agness
    5. Albany
    6. Allegany
    7. Aloha
    8. Alsea
    9. Amity
    10. Antelope
    11. Arch Cape
    12. Arlington
    13. Arock
    14. Ashland
    15. Ashwood
    16. Astoria
    17. Athena
    18. Aumsville
    19. Aurora
    20. Azalea
    21. Baker City
    22. Bandon
    23. Banks
    24. Bates
    25. Bay City
    26. Beatty
    27. Beaver
    28. Beavercreek
    29. Beaverton
    30. Bend
    31. Blachly
    32. Black Butte Ranch
    33. Blodgett
    34. Blue River
    35. Bly
    36. Boardman
    37. Bonanza
    38. Boring
    39. Bridal Veil
    40. Bridgeport
    41. Brightwood
    42. Broadbent
    43. Brogan
    44. Brookings
    45. Brothers
    46. Brownsville
    47. Burns
    48. Butte Falls
    49. Buxton
    50. Camas Valley
    51. Camp Sherman
    52. Canby
    53. Cannon Beach
    54. Canyon City
    55. Canyonville
    56. Carlton
    57. Cascade Locks
    58. Cascadia
    59. Cave Junction
    60. Central Point
    61. Charleston
    62. Chemult
    63. Cheshire
    64. Chiloquin
    65. Christmas Valley
    66. Clackamas
    67. Clatskanie
    68. Cloverdale
    69. Colton
    70. Columbia City
    71. The Columbia River Gorge
    72. Condon
    73. Coos Bay
    74. Coquille
    75. Corbett
    76. Cornelius
    77. Corvallis
    78. Cottage Grove
    79. Cove
    80. Crabtree
    81. Crane
    82. Crater Lake
    83. Crawfordsville
    84. Crescent
    85. Crescent Lake
    86. Creswell
    87. Crooked River
    88. Culp Creek
    89. Culver
    90. Curtin
    91. Dairy
    92. Dallas
    93. Days Creek
    94. Dayton
    95. Dayville
    96. Deadwood
    97. Deer Island
    98. Depoe Bay
    99. Detroit
    100. Dexter
    101. Diamond
    102. Diamond Lake
    103. Dillard
    104. Donald
    105. Dorena
    106. Drain
    107. Drewsey
    108. Dufur
    109. Dundee
    110. Durkee
    111. Eagle Creek
    112. Eagle Point
    113. Echo
    114. Eddyville
    115. Elgin
    116. Elkton
    117. Elmira
    118. Enterprise
    119. Estacada
    120. Eugene
    121. Fairview
    122. Fall Creek
    123. Falls City
    124. Fields
    125. Florence
    126. Forest Grove
    127. Fort Klamath
    128. Fort Rock
    129. Fossil
    130. Fox
    131. Frenchglen
    132. Gales Creek
    133. Grandview
    134. Gardiner
    135. Garibaldi
    136. Gaston
    137. Gates
    138. Gearhart
    139. Gervais
    140. Gilchrist
    141. Gladstone
    142. Glendale
    143. Gleneden Beach
    144. Glide
    145. Gold Beach
    146. Gold Hill
    147. Government Camp
    148. Grand Ronde
    149. Grants Pass
    150. Grass Valley
    151. Gresham
    152. Haines
    153. Halfway
    154. Halsey
    155. Hammond
    156. Harbor
    157. Harper
    158. Harrisburg
    159. Hauser
    160. Hebo
    161. Helix
    162. Heppner
    163. Hereford
    164. Hermiston
    165. Hillsboro
    166. Hines
    167. Hood River
    168. Hubbard
    169. Huntington
    170. Idanha
    171. Idleyld Park
    172. Imbler
    173. Imnaha
    174. Independence
    175. Ione
    176. Ironside
    177. Irrigon
    178. Jacksonville
    179. Jamieson
    180. Jefferson
    181. John Day
    182. Jordan Valley
    183. Joseph
    184. Junction City
    185. Juntura
    186. Keizer
    187. Keno
    188. Kent
    189. Kerby
    190. Kimberly
    191. Klamath Falls
    192. La Grande
    193. La Pine
    194. Lafayette
    195. Lake Oswego
    196. Lakeside
    197. Lakeview
    198. Langlois
    199. Leaburg
    200. Lebanon
    201. Lexington
    202. Lincoln City
    203. Logsden
    204. Long Creek
    205. Lorane
    206. Lostine
    207. Lowell
    208. Lyons
    209. Madras
    210. Malin
    211. Manning
    212. Manzanita
    213. Mapleton
    214. Marcola
    215. Marion
    216. Marylhurst
    217. Maupin
    218. McKenzie Bridge
    219. McMinnville
    220. Meacham
    221. Medford
    222. Mehama
    223. Merlin
    224. Merrill
    225. Midland
    226. Mikkalo
    227. Mill City
    228. Milton Freewater
    229. Milwaukie
    230. Mitchell
    231. Molalla
    232. Monmouth
    233. Monroe
    234. Monument
    235. Moro
    236. Mosier
    237. Mount Angel
    238. Mount Vernon
    239. Mt. Hood
    240. Mulino
    241. Murphy
    242. Myrtle Creek
    243. Myrtle Point
    244. Nehalem
    245. Neotsu
    246. Neskowin
    247. Netarts
    248. New Pine Creek
    249. Newberg
    250. Newport
    251. North Bend
    252. North Plains
    253. North Powder
    254. Noti
    255. Nyssa
    256. Oakland
    257. Oakridge
    258. O'Brien
    259. Oceanside
    260. Odell
    261. Ontario
    262. Ophir
    263. Oregon City
    264. Otis
    265. Oxbow
    266. Pacific City
    267. Paisley
    268. Parkdale
    269. Paulina
    270. Pendleton
    271. Philomath
    272. Phoenix
    273. Pilot Rock
    274. Pleasant Hill
    275. Plush
    276. Port Orford
    277. Portland
    278. Post
    279. Powell Butte
    280. Powers
    281. Prairie City
    282. Princeton
    283. Prineville
    284. Prospect
    285. Rainier
    286. Redmond
    287. Reedsport
    288. Remote
    289. Rhododendron
    290. Rice Hill
    291. Richland
    292. Rickreall
    293. Riddle
    294. Riley
    295. Ritter
    296. Riverside
    297. Rockaway Beach
    298. Rogue River
    299. Rose Lodge
    300. Roseburg
    301. Rufus
    302. Saginaw
    303. Salem
    304. Sandy
    305. Scappoose
    306. Scio
    307. Scotts Mills
    308. Scottsburg
    309. Seal Rock
    310. Seaside
    311. Selma
    312. Seneca
    313. Shady Cove
    314. Shaniko
    315. Shedd
    316. Sheridan
    317. Sherwood
    318. Siletz
    319. Silver Lake
    320. Silverton
    321. Sisters
    322. Sixes
    323. South Beach
    324. Sprague River
    325. Spray
    326. Springfield
    327. St. Benedict
    328. St. Helens
    329. St. Paul
    330. Stanfield
    331. Stayton
    332. Steamboat
    333. Sublimity
    334. Summer Lake
    335. Summerville
    336. Sumpter
    337. Sunriver
    338. Sutherlin
    339. Sweet Home
    340. Swisshome
    341. Talent
    342. Tangent
    343. Tenmile
    344. Terrebonne
    345. The Dalles
    346. The Wallowas
    347. Thurston
    348. Tidewater
    349. Tigard
    350. Tillamook
    351. Tiller
    352. Timber
    353. Timberline Lodge
    354. Toledo
    355. Tolovana Park
    356. Trail
    357. Troutdale
    358. Tualatin
    359. Turner
    360. Tygh Valley
    361. Ukiah
    362. Umatilla
    363. Umpqua
    364. Union
    365. Unity
    366. Vale
    367. Veneta
    368. Vernonia
    369. Vida
    370. Waldport
    371. Wallowa
    372. Walterville
    373. Walton
    374. Warm Springs
    375. Warren
    376. Warrenton
    377. Wasco
    378. Wedderburn
    379. Welches
    380. West Linn
    381. Westfall
    382. Westfir
    383. Westlake/Dunes City
    384. Weston
    385. Wheeler
    386. White City
    387. Wilbur
    388. Wilderville
    389. Willamina
    390. Williams
    391. Wilsonville
    392. Winchester
    393. Winchester Bay
    394. Winston
    395. Wolf Creek
    396. Woodburn
    397. Yachats
    398. Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock
    399. Yamhill
    400. Yoncalla
    401. Zigzag
  2. Central Oregon
    1. Antelope
    2. Ashwood
    3. Bend
    4. Black Butte Ranch
    5. Brothers
    6. Camp Sherman
    7. Crooked River
    8. Culver
    9. Dufur
    10. Grandview
    11. La Pine
    12. Madras
    13. Maupin
    14. Paulina
    15. Post
    16. Powell Butte
    17. Prineville
    18. Redmond
    19. Shaniko
    20. Sisters
    21. Sunriver
    22. Terrebonne
    23. Tygh Valley
    24. Warm Springs
  3. Eastern Oregon
    1. Adams
    2. Adrian
    3. Arlington
    4. Arock
    5. Athena
    6. Baker City
    7. Bates
    8. Boardman
    9. Bridgeport
    10. Brogan
    11. Burns
    12. Canyon City
    13. Condon
    14. Cove
    15. Crane
    16. Dayville
    17. Diamond
    18. Drewsey
    19. Durkee
    20. Echo
    21. Elgin
    22. Enterprise
    23. Fields
    24. Fossil
    25. Fox
    26. Frenchglen
    27. Grass Valley
    28. Haines
    29. Halfway
    30. Harper
    31. Helix
    32. Heppner
    33. Hereford
    34. Hermiston
    35. Hines
    36. Huntington
    37. Imbler
    38. Imnaha
    39. Ione
    40. Ironside
    41. Irrigon
    42. Jamieson
    43. John Day
    44. Jordan Valley
    45. Joseph
    46. Juntura
    47. Kent
    48. Kimberly
    49. La Grande
    50. Lexington
    51. Long Creek
    52. Lostine
    53. Meacham
    54. Mikkalo
    55. Milton Freewater
    56. Mitchell
    57. Monument
    58. Moro
    59. Mount Vernon
    60. North Powder
    61. Nyssa
    62. Ontario
    63. Oxbow
    64. Pendleton
    65. Pilot Rock
    66. Prairie City
    67. Princeton
    68. Richland
    69. Riley
    70. Ritter
    71. Riverside
    72. Rufus
    73. Seneca
    74. Spray
    75. Stanfield
    76. Summerville
    77. Sumpter
    78. The Wallowas
      1. Baker City
      2. Enterprise
      3. Imnaha
      4. Joseph
      5. La Grande
      6. Lostine
      7. Union
      8. Wallowa
    79. Ukiah
    80. Umatilla
    81. Union
    82. Unity
    83. Vale
    84. Wallowa
    85. Wasco
    86. Westfall
    87. Weston
  4.   The Wallowas
  5. Greater Portland
    1. Aloha
    2. Banks
    3. Beavercreek
    4. Beaverton
    5. Buxton
    6. Clackamas
    7. Clatskanie
    8. Colton
    9. Columbia City
    10. Cornelius
    11. Deer Island
    12. Fairview
    13. Forest Grove
    14. Gales Creek
    15. Gaston
    16. Gladstone
    17. Gresham
    18. Hillsboro
    19. Lake Oswego
    20. Manning
    21. Marylhurst
    22. Milwaukie
    23. North Plains
    24. Oregon City
    25. Portland
    26. Rainier
    27. Scappoose
    28. Sherwood
    29. St. Helens
    30. Tigard
    31. Timber
    32. Tualatin
    33. Vernonia
    34. Warren
    35. West Linn
  6. Mt. Hood / The Gorge
    1. Boring
    2. Bridal Veil
    3. Brightwood
    4. Cascade Locks
    5. Corbett
    6. Eagle Creek
    7. Estacada
    8. Government Camp
    9. Hood River
    10. Mosier
    11. Mt. Hood
      1. Estacada
      2. Government Camp
      3. Parkdale
      4. Rhododendron
      5. Sandy
      6. Timberline Lodge
      7. Troutdale
      8. Welches
      9. Zigzag
    12. Odell
    13. Parkdale
    14. Rhododendron
    15. Sandy
    16. The Columbia River Gorge
      1. Cascade Locks
      2. Corbett
      3. Eagle Creek
      4. Hood River
      5. Mosier
      6. Odell
      7. The Dalles
    17. The Dalles
    18. Timberline Lodge
    19. Troutdale
    20. Welches
    21. Zigzag
  7.   Mt. Hood
  8.   The Columbia River Gorge
  9. Oregon Coast
    1. Agness
    2. Allegany
    3. Arch Cape
    4. Astoria
    5. Bandon
    6. Bay City
    7. Beaver
    8. Blodgett
    9. Broadbent
    10. Brookings
    11. Cannon Beach
    12. Charleston
    13. Cloverdale
    14. Coos Bay
    15. Coquille
    16. Depoe Bay
    17. Eddyville
    18. Elkton
    19. Florence
    20. Garibaldi
    21. Gearhart
    22. Gleneden Beach
    23. Gold Beach
    24. Hammond
    25. Harbor
    26. Hauser
    27. Hebo
    28. Lakeside
    29. Langlois
    30. Lincoln City
    31. Logsden
    32. Manzanita
    33. Mapleton
    34. Myrtle Point
    35. Nehalem
    36. Neotsu
    37. Neskowin
    38. Netarts
    39. Newport
    40. North Bend
    41. Oceanside
    42. Ophir
    43. Otis
    44. Pacific City
    45. Port Orford
    46. Powers
    47. Reedsport
    48. Remote
    49. Rockaway Beach
    50. Rose Lodge
    51. Seal Rock
    52. Seaside
    53. Siletz
    54. Sixes
    55. South Beach
    56. Tidewater
    57. Tillamook
    58. Toledo
    59. Tolovana Park
    60. Waldport
    61. Warrenton
    62. Wedderburn
    63. Westlake/Dunes City
    64. Wheeler
    65. Winchester Bay
    66. Yachats
    67. Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock
      1. Seal Rock
      2. Waldport
      3. Yachats
  10.   Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock
  11. Southern Oregon
    1. Adel
    2. Ashland
    3. Azalea
    4. Beatty
    5. Bly
    6. Bonanza
    7. Butte Falls
    8. Camas Valley
    9. Canyonville
    10. Cave Junction
    11. Central Point
    12. Chemult
    13. Chiloquin
    14. Christmas Valley
    15. Crater Lake
    16. Crescent
    17. Crescent Lake
    18. Curtin
    19. Dairy
    20. Days Creek
    21. Diamond Lake
    22. Dillard
    23. Drain
    24. Eagle Point
    25. Fort Klamath
    26. Fort Rock
    27. Gardiner
    28. Gilchrist
    29. Glendale
    30. Glide
    31. Gold Hill
    32. Grants Pass
    33. Idleyld Park
    34. Jacksonville
    35. Keno
    36. Kerby
    37. Klamath Falls
    38. Lakeview
    39. Malin
    40. Medford
    41. Merlin
    42. Merrill
    43. Midland
    44. Murphy
    45. Myrtle Creek
    46. New Pine Creek
    47. O'Brien
    48. Oakland
    49. Paisley
    50. Phoenix
    51. Plush
    52. Prospect
    53. Rice Hill
    54. Riddle
    55. Rogue River
    56. Roseburg
    57. Selma
    58. Shady Cove
    59. Silver Lake
    60. Sprague River
    61. Steamboat
    62. Summer Lake
    63. Sutherlin
    64. Talent
    65. Tenmile
    66. Tiller
    67. Trail
    68. Umpqua
    69. White City
    70. Wilbur
    71. Wilderville
    72. Williams
    73. Winchester
    74. Winston
    75. Wolf Creek
    76. Yoncalla
  12. Willamette Valley
    1. Albany
    2. Alsea
    3. Amity
    4. Aumsville
    5. Aurora
    6. Blachly
    7. Blue River
    8. Brownsville
    9. Canby
    10. Carlton
    11. Cascadia
    12. Cheshire
    13. Corvallis
    14. Cottage Grove
    15. Crabtree
    16. Crawfordsville
    17. Creswell
    18. Culp Creek
    19. Dallas
    20. Dayton
    21. Deadwood
    22. Detroit
    23. Dexter
    24. Donald
    25. Dorena
    26. Dundee
    27. Elmira
    28. Eugene
    29. Fall Creek
    30. Falls City
    31. Gates
    32. Gervais
    33. Grand Ronde
    34. Halsey
    35. Harrisburg
    36. Hubbard
    37. Idanha
    38. Independence
    39. Jefferson
    40. Junction City
    41. Keizer
    42. Lafayette
    43. Leaburg
    44. Lebanon
    45. Lorane
    46. Lowell
    47. Lyons
    48. Marcola
    49. Marion
    50. McKenzie Bridge
    51. McMinnville
    52. Mehama
    53. Mill City
    54. Molalla
    55. Monmouth
    56. Monroe
    57. Mount Angel
    58. Mulino
    59. Newberg
    60. Noti
    61. Oakridge
    62. Philomath
    63. Pleasant Hill
    64. Rickreall
    65. Saginaw
    66. Salem
    67. Scio
    68. Scotts Mills
    69. Scottsburg
    70. Shedd
    71. Sheridan
    72. Silverton
    73. Springfield
    74. St. Benedict
    75. St. Paul
    76. Stayton
    77. Sublimity
    78. Sweet Home
    79. Swisshome
    80. Tangent
    81. Thurston
    82. Turner
    83. Veneta
    84. Vida
    85. Walterville
    86. Walton
    87. Westfir
    88. Willamina
    89. Wilsonville
    90. Woodburn
    91. Yamhill
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What are the must-see places in Salem?

Salem is a good city to stay in because it is a central location to all sorts of places to visit in Oregon.  It is also the capital so if you want, you can visit our state’s capital building located in downtown Salem.  Inside the building are murals painted depicting our state history.  Outside are sculptures on the grounds and one on top of the building that is covered in gold leaf and represents Oregon’s first settlers.  In 1984, school children raised the $38,000 to cover the statue in the gold leaf holding a penny drive!

If area history interests you, the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill might be another good stop for you.  The site houses the 1889 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, the best preserved Victorian-era factory in the American West, with exhibits that change throughout the year.  The current show is “Threads to New Worlds: A Collection of Fiber Arts”.   There are also four buildings dating from the 1840s and 1850s that are restored and furnished in period that you can tour.

The Bush House Museum is another nice spot to visit.  This Italianate mansion was built in 1878  by pioneer businessman Asahel Bush II and is set in a 100-acre park.  You can take a guided tour of the home Wednesday-Sunday at 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm.  I suggest walking around the park for a bit after you tour the house.  The Bush Barn Art Center is located nearby.  It features three galleries and a gift gallery exhibiting the works of artists from the Pacific Northwest. Also nearby is the Historic Deepwood Estate.  It is a 1894 Queen Anne Victorian Home situated on approximately 4 acres of manicured gardens and nature trails.  If you plan on touring all of these locations, you can buy a pass here- https://www.boxofficetickets.com/bot/wa/event?id=188645 that will get you into these places and also the Hallie Ford Museum of Art for $20.

There are also lots of great places to visit just outside of Salem.  I don’t know if you plan on driving around a bit but you are 25 miles from Silver Falls State Park, the largest state park in Oregon.  More about the park here- http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=151

Willamette Valley Vineyards is also located just outside of Salem and is an award winning winery and tourist destination.  The tasting room is open to the public from 11 am until 6 pm daily.  They also provide complimentary winery tours and tastings every day promptly at 2 pm.  They ask that you call ahead to confirm availability.
1-800-344-9463  http://wvv.com/visit/tasting_room/

Check out Travel Oregon’s suggestions on planning a getaway to Salem.

What is the Oregon Coast like in February and March?

February and early March on the Oregon Coast are part of the quiet seasons, though Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend do see an increase in visitors. This can be a great time for general sightseeing since attractions, State Parks and natural areas are less crowded. You do have to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Low temperatures average in the high 30s and highs average in the mid-50s. You should also be prepared for rain as February is still part of the wet season and can still see 8-10 inches of rain for the month. While the typical forecast may be overcast and showery, we often experience beautiful clear days that are sometimes unseasonable warm. I always recommend being prepared for whatever Mother Nature delivers and you can enjoy the coast during a very special season unlike what many warm weather visitors see. It’s a great season for birdwatching and wildlife. Bald eagles patrol the beaches and herds of Roosevelt Elk or commonly seen grazing in meadows. Wave action can often be dramatic unlike the summer when typically small waves roll to the shore.

There are also some major events during this time. Lincoln City celebrates Antique Week Feb 7-16, Feb 20-23 Newport hosts its annual Seafood and Wine Festival and Astoria presents the Fisher Poets Gathering. Cannon Beach hosts a Yoga Festival Feb 28-March 2 and then the Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival March 6-9.

Happy exploring!

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on December 27th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

What are some good family-friendly lake resorts where we can go kayaking?

There are some really cool places to visit where you can enjoy a vacation rental with access to kayaking.

Twin Lakes Resort is a paddler’s dream as no motorized boats are allowed. It is in a rather remote area between the Willamette Valley and Bend. The drive is beautiful along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. Not really known for wine and more renowned for its craft beer, Bend is relatively close and a fun town for all ages. If you are more adventurous you can explore the Deschutes Paddle Trail.

Crescent Lake Resort is a beautiful lake near many other lakes that can be explored by kayak. Cabins line the lake. Explore nearby Waldo Lake- one of Oregon’s purest lakes where motorized boats are banned.

Cove Palisades State Park has some really cool cabins along the water. Like Twin Lakes Resort it is in a rather remote area.

Loon Lake Lodge is located along the beautiful Oregon Coast near Reedsport on Loon Lake where you can enjoy kayaking. You can pass through two different wine regions to get here- Southern Oregon (known for Cabernet and Syrah) and the South Willamette Valley (known for its Pinot varieties).

There are more, but these seem to me to be the most family friendly, with great kayaking opportunities. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Answered by Cari Soong, Ask Oregon Outdoor Adventure Expert on December 20th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

Where can I take my family rafting, fishing and hiking near Eugene?

Thanks for the question.  I suggest a trip east on Highway 126 from Eugene.  You can raft on the McKenzie River.  There are numerous guided trips.  I highly recommend Helfrich Outfitters and if you want to begin and end at Belknap Hot Springs Resort check out High Country Expeditions.  To get a great view of the Cascades take the scenic drive up Highway 242 a few miles from Belknap Hot Springs to the Dee Wright Observatory at the highest point of the road.  You can climb to the top of the observatory and view 360 degrees of the Cascades with a cool compass of sorts, that helps you figure out which peak is what.

You can fish in numerous spots along the McKenzie.  Some popular places are at Leaburg Dam and along the shore.  One of my favorite places to fish is at Clear Lake at the headwaters to the McKenzie River.  You can rent a row boat and drop a line in and troll while you take in beautiful scenery atop strikingly clear water.  (Here’s a tip if you do- use corn as your bait, with a very light weight sinker). In Eugene, you can also find some decent fishing near Autzen Stadium in the Alton Baker Canal and in Junction City at the Junction City Pond.

Check out www.eugenecascadescoast.org for more ideas on a trip in this area or stop in at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center in Springfield for more ideas and maps.

I hope this helps.  Let me know if you have any more questions.

Answered by Cari Soong, Ask Oregon Outdoor Adventure Expert on November 24th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

Can we see Multnomah Falls and the Oneonta Gorge in one day?

You can absolutely visit both the waterfalls and then make the “loop” around the mountain to visit Mt. Hood thanks to extended summer daylight hours, or if you plan on getting an early start.

I would suggest taking I-84 east, then taking the Corbett exit to join the historic highway. While most people start in Troutdale, you really won’t be missing any of the major sights, and this will save you some time if you plan on making the loop around the mountain.

After you reach Corbett, make sure to stop at both Women’s Forum and Vista House/Crown Point. Both spots have incredible panoramic views of the Gorge. Vista House is a beautiful historic building, originally built as a “rest area”, but you will have a hard time believing that after you see it.

From there, you will enter the “waterfall area”. Besides Oneonta Gorge and Multnomah Falls, you will definitely want to stop at Latourell Falls, Wahkeena Falls, and Horsetail Falls. Let me know if you would like me to suggest any hikes in this area. There are some nice, short ones in this area well worth your time.

Shortly after Horsetail Falls, you will rejoin I-84. Continue on to Bonneville Dam. The Fish Hatchery here is well worth a stop to see the HUGE sturgeon, and if you have some extra quarters feed the trout.

From there, return on the freeway east and you can stop either in Cascade Locks for lunch, or continue on to Hood River to eat. It all depends on how hungry you are. There are some great brewpubs in Hood River.

From Hood River, you will travel on Highway 35 around Mt. Hood. This will take you through the heart of the “fruit loop“, filled with orchards, wineries, and other attractions.

You will see some beautiful scenery as you travel around the mountain and then join Highway 26. There are some great places to stop for views of the mountain. Let me know if you would like some specific suggestions on scenic spots.

One definite MUST STOP is Timberline Lodge. The craftsmanship of the place is incredible. It was all hand built during the depression. From there you will travel highway 26 and head back towards Portland.

Let me know if you want any dining suggestions, or have any more questions. I realize this is probably a little information overload, but wanted to make sure I got everything covered for you.

Have fun planning your adventure!

Where can I go gold panning in Oregon?

Greetings from Southern Oregon! Our region is one of the state’s most prevalent for gold mining. Two of the four areas set aside on the state’s federal lands for recreational gold panning are located here:

Butte Falls Recreational Area:
Located in southwestern Oregon, Medford District, Bureau of Land Management (free site).
3040 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97504
(541) 618-2200.

Applegate Ranger District:
Located in southwestern Oregon, Rogue River National Forest (four fee sites where there is a charge of a dollar a day for panning in areas adjacent to campgrounds).
Applegate Ranger District
6941 Upper Applegate Road
Jacksonville, OR 97530
(541) 899-3800.

Additionally, in Oregon, areas below the vegetation line on navigable rivers and streams and ocean beaches belong to the state and are therefore open for recreational gold panning.

If you want more guidance, there is an outfitter in Southern Oregon that specializes in gold mining:

Oregon Gold Trips, LLC.
P.O. Box 285, Grants Pass, OR 97528, toll free: (877) 672-8877, email: golddust@oregongoldtrip.com; www.oregongoldtrip.com

Answered by Sarah Lemon on November 24th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

What towns with lodging are near Crater Lake?

Because Crater Lake is in a very remote part of the state, there are few accommodations nearby. The closest actual town to Crater Lake is Prospect, which has a historical hotel (here’s a story about it from the Mail Tribune newspaper: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050817/BIZ/308179989&cid=sitesearch).

Another 20 miles south on Highway 62 is the town of Shady Cove, which has an Edgewater Inn. Medford, which has numerous accommodations is still another 20 miles down the road. All of those towns are on “Crater Lake Highway,” making them the most convenient.

Staying in Ashland would require you to drive on Interstate 5 about 15 miles from Medford. The drive between Ashland and the national park takes about two hours.

Answered by Sarah Lemon on October 31st, 2013 - Post Your Answer

Are there dog-friendly campgrounds on the Southern Oregon Coast near Florence?

Nearly all Oregon State Park campgrounds welcome dogs. Pets must be confined by the owner, or on a leash not more than six (6) feet long, and kept under physical control at all times. The closest State Park campground to Florence would be Honeyman State Park.

The following link is to Oregon State Parks brochure on pets in parks: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=main.loadFile&load=_siteFiles/publications/pets-in-parks.pdf

The following link is to Oregon State Parks “Find a Park” page and you can check all of the State Park campgrounds south of Florence: http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=visit.dsp_find

There are also countless private and Forest Service campgrounds that are dog friendly, but rules can vary.

Happy exploring!

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on October 31st, 2013 - Post Your Answer

Where can we have a dog sledding adventure this winter?

Did you know that the Wallowas are the site for the only qualifier for the Iditarod in the lower 48? The event is called the Eagle Cap Extreme and it’s held every January.

So, I’d recommend getting in touch with the organizers for more detailed information about routes in the Wallowas, and there are lodgings that accept dogs as well, including Barking Mad Farm.

That should certainly get you started in the right direction. Let me know if you need any more on-the-ground information.

Answered by Lynne Curry, Ask Oregon Eastern Oregon Expert on October 31st, 2013 - Post Your Answer

Where are some good spots for a scenic Oregon camping and fishing trip?

Thanks for the question! As you can imagine there are a ton of great places to camp and fish in Oregon. The following is a list of my favorites based on region.

Coast: Gold Beach or Loon Lake near Reedsport. There are some really cool coastal campgrounds in both locations. Tugman State Park and Umpqua Lighthouse both offer yurt rentals on site and are close to fishing sites. Lobster Creek Campground is a small site with access to both river fishing on the Rogue and proximity to saltwater fishing.

Central Oregon: Is home to numerous lakes with fishing and camping. Waldo Lake, Crescent Lake and Odell Lake near Oakridge, Elk Lake near Bend, Detroit Lake, and Lake Billy Chinook.

Southern Oregon: Summer Lake (Ana Reservoir) and Klamath Lake

These are just a few of the places in the state that you can fish and camp, but some of my favorites.

Let me know if I can help with any more questions. Fish on!

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