This diverse 140 mile byway follows the brims of lakes, diverse wetlands, scenic ranches, thriving croplands,
and forests full of bald eagles. It passes Crater Lake National Park and historic Crater Lake Lodge. It also
threads its way through volcanic landscapes, craggy mountain reaches, and high-desert wetlands.
As the byway passes the 90,000 surface-acre Upper Klamath Lake, you can see over 1 million birds during peak
migrations in the fall. The Klamath Basin is the largest freshwater ecosystem west of the Great Lakes and the
largest concentration of wintering bald eagles in the lower 48 states.
Six National Wildlife Refuges in these wetlands were
favorite fishing spots of President Roosevelt.
You can also visit the same Pelican Bay where John Muir (naturalist, writer, conservationist, and founder of
the Sierra Club) wrote "The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" in 1908.
Volvanic Legacy Scenic Byway