Basin Adventures: Top 5 Locations to Kayak in the Basin

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Few outdoor adventure sports are growing like kayaking and fewer places have the beauty and majesty of the Klamath Basin waterways. Together with the Klamath Falls KOA we bring you, in no particular order, the 5 locations to Kayak in and around the Klamath Basin.

Wood River: Kimball State Park to Wood River Day Use Area

Located 40 miles north of Klamath Falls the Wood River and Jackson F. Kimball Park make for a great kayaking adventure. Starting at Jackson Kimball State Park, the prestine clear water of the Wood River twists and turns for miles through the Fort Klamath Area for before ending at Agency Lake.  This kayaking adventure ends at the Wood River Day Use Area. This four-mile run is perfect for those wishing to gently glide with the currents and soak in the beauty at the foot of Crater Lake.

Spring Creek: Headwaters to Collier State Park
44 Miles north of Klamath Falls is Spring Creek. The run at Spring Creek is another great location where you can begin at one location and float down river to a take-out point. The river is gentle enough that even inexperienced paddlers can make their way upstream with ease.

Upper Klamath Lake NWR
Located 25 miles west of Klamath Falls is the Upper Klamath Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  The refuge offers 2 marked trails through the tule’s. The full-length route is 6 miles and the “shortcut” is a 3.5 mile loop.

Juanita Lake
If you are looking to get away from everything but still be close enough to home, then Juanita Lake is the place for you. Juanita Lake is a local’s gem, located 40 Miles south of Klamath Falls in Siskiyou County, Calif. The lake offers Forest Service facilities with campground and boat launch, picnic facilities and a great hiking trail, too. Calm waters and a quiet location await at Juanita Lake.

Klamath River: Veterans Park to Keno Dam
Adventure in your own backyard with a trip down the Klamath River staring at Veterans Park and ending at the Keno Dam. Launch in Veterans Park but start the adventure in Lake Ewauna, a favorite among rowing enthusiasts. Follow the river downstream for 16 miles of beautiful landscapes and flat water.

These are just five of the dozens of locations perfect for your next kayak adventure.  Kayak sales and rentals are available from several businesses in the Klamath Basin – Including, The Ledge and Roe Outfitters, among others.

More information on kayaking locations in the Klamath Basin can be found at as well as at

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Basin Adventures is brought to you by the Klamath Falls KOA Journey. Centrally located in Klamath Falls, the Klamath Falls KOA Journey is the perfect base camp to visit all the spectacular recreation sites of the Klamath Basin.

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