Special Places

Fremont-Winema National Forest Wildernesses

Entrance sign to Gearhart Mountain WildernessThe Wilderness Act of 1964 directs that many tracts of land remain in their natural condition for use and enjoyment now and in the future. Wilderness areas provide opportunities to find solitude and natural beauty as well as protect important habitat for many species of animal and plant life. Primitive forests store critical rain and snow for gradual release to streams and rivers and the areas provide crucial opportunities to study natural ecological relationships. Wilderness areas are managed in order to protect these many benefits. View Fremont-Winema wilderness information.

Highlighted Areas

Mitchell Monument Historic Site

Mitchell Monument, 30 minutes northeast of Bly, Oregon, is a unique historic place to visit because it is the only location in the continental United States where Americans were killed as the result of enemy action during World War II. On May 15, 1945, Archie Mitchell's pregnant wife and five children found and accidentally detonated a Japanese balloon bomb, killing them all. Mitchell was parking the car and was not injured.

A stone monument with a bronze plaque listing the names of the victims is located at the spot where the bomb exploded. Facilities include picnic tables, campfire rings, and one vault toilet.

Read more about the Monument in the printable brochure.


Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000

The Pacific Crest Trail is one of America's longest scenic trails. It spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through three western states.

Pacific Crest Trail follows the western edge of the Fremont-Winema National Forest the full length of the forest through Mt Thielsen Wilderness, Crater Lake National Park, and  Sky Lakes Wilderness.

For trail conditions, maps, and more about the trail see The Pacific Crest Trail Association website.

See also: www.fs.usda.gov/pct


Lake of the Woods Resort

For a classic, family-oriented lake destination, Lake of the Woods Resort offers something for everyone. This high mountain historic lake resort sits beside one of the clearest natural lakes found in the southern Oregon Cascades. The highlight of this setting is Mt. McLoughlin with its almost 10,000 feet of grand beauty. 

The resort, located 40 minutes from Klamath Falls, Oregon, and 45 minutes from Medford, Oregon, is a full service property with everything you could ask for in a family vacation. The resort offers 34 cabins and 22 RV sites, as well as a restaurant, general store, pizza parlor and marina. 

Lake of the Woods Resort offers abundant of summer recreational activities and things to do including biking, boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, sightseeing or water skiing. When the snow flies the fun continues! Enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

For more information, visit: http://lakeofthewoodsresort.com