Klamath FallsKlamath Falls (sometimes called Klamath by locals) is a small Southern Oregon city found in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range. Klamath Falls is at the southern end of Klamath Lake in the large Klamath Basin. Klamath enjoys quite spectacular views. Snow-covered Mount Shasta, one of the most prominent peaks in the United States, can be seen on the southern horizon, and the outlying areas are filled with acres of farmland. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts, birdwatchers, history buffs, and fans of rural America, Klamath is a place many people are glad they didn't miss.
Locals like to joke about tourists and other outsiders naively asking, "Where are the falls?" The fact is, Klamath Falls got its name from rapids on the Link River. The average person seeing these rapids today might wonder who on earth would call them "falls," especially now that a small hydroelectric dam on the river has dropped the water level, making the whitewater at the rapids less remarkable. Although this is probably what most locals mean when they joke, "Where are the falls?", a few are truly clueless and may just be flaunting their ironically naive understanding of "the truth"—in which case, the joke's on them!
Klamath Falls is on Pacific Time. Standard time is UTC−8, and daylight saving time is UTC−7. This is three hours behind New York, and typically eight hours behind London.
phone: +1 541-882-1501address: 205 Riverside DrKlamath County's official tourist agency. Find maps and brochures for nearby attractions here.
By planeThe closest airport with commercial service to Klamath Falls is
phone: +1 541-883-5372address: 3000 Airport WayThere are no commercial flights out of Klamath Falls as of Sep 2018. The airport has free parking (up to 30 days) and coffee for outgoing passengers, as well as WiFi. This airport is part of Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base. Kingsley Field is an alternative landing site for a space shuttle.
By carUS Route 97, sometimes called The Dalles–California Highway in Oregon, a major north–south highway in the western US, is the main highway through Klamath Falls. Highway 97 provides connections to Weed, California to the south, and to Bend, central Washington, and Osoyoos and further points north in British Columbia, Canada.
Oregon Route 39 comes to Klamath Falls from the southeast, connecting to Merrill and northeastern California. It brings traffic in from Reno, Nevada via Susanville, California.
Oregon Route 66, also known as the Green Springs Highway, winds through the Cascade Mountains between Klamath Falls and Ashland.
Oregon Route 140 runs east–west through Klamath Falls. Its western terminus is White City, near Medford in the Rogue Valley. It runs east to Lakeview and northwestern Nevada, bringing visitors to Klamath Falls via Winnemucca, Nevada from points east like Salt Lake City, Utah.
Klamath Falls can be accessed from Interstate 5 by four different routes:
# From Eugene and points north, take Oregon Route 58 east from Eugene at I-5 Exit 188, and then drive south on Highway 97.
# From the northern Rogue Valley, leave the Interstate near Central Point or Medford and take Highway 140 from White City.
# From the southern Rogue Valley, take Highway 66 from Ashland at I-5 Exit 14.
# From Weed and points south, take Highway 97 north from Weed at I-5 Exit 747.
The Amtrak Coast Starlight, which runs from Seattle to Los Angeles, serves the
By busThe bus station is located a block west of the Amtrak train station at Spring Street and Oak Avenue:
phone: +1 541-883-2609address: 445 S Spring St (Shuttle office)Serves Southern Oregon, including the Medford area, Grants Pass, and the coastal towns of Crescent City, California and Brookings. Transfer to/from Greyhound Lines and the Rogue Valley Airport (for additional airlines) in Medford. Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the Shuttle office or Amtrak station. Bus drivers do not sell tickets.
phone: +1 530 233-6410address: (base address) 111 W North St; Alturas, CA 96101Arrives from Alturas, California, offering connections from Alturas to Redding (Tu only); Susanville, and Reno (M-W-F). Schedules are limited so be sure of the departure and connection times before using this option as they only operate once on Thursdays between Klamath Falls and Alturas.
By carKlamath Falls is fairly easy to navigate by car. Downtown has a small network of one-way streets. Major thoroughfares include Main Street, Klamath Avenue, Oregon Avenue, California Avenue, South 6th Street (one branch of Highway 39), East Main Street, Washburn Way, the Crater Lake Parkway (the other branch of Highway 39), Shasta Way, Homedale Road, and the Southside Bypass (Highway 140).
Some streets have directions (South 6th Street, East Main St, etc.). Numbered streets are divided by Main Street into north and south, but otherwise there is little logic to the system. For example, Main Street extends east to Crater Lake Parkway, but before it gets there, East Main Street branches off and runs southeast, then south, to South 6th Street.
By busBasin Transit Service (BTS) provides bus public transit around Klamath Falls. BTS is in service Monday through Friday from 6:30AM to 7:30PM, and Saturday from 10AM to 4:30PM. Bus fare is $1.50 per trip (75¢ for senior and disabled riders), with transfer slips available. A day pass costs $3; it saves money to get one if you know you will take the bus at least twice in the day (or at least four times if you pay discounted fare).
Two mainline routes (1 and 2) run from the Oregon Institute of Technology at the north end of town to the south end. Four feeder routes (3/5 and 4/6) connect with the mainline routes at two transfer stations downtown (7th and Pine) and at the Klamath County Fairgrounds (South 6th and Altamont).
By footDowntown is walkable, but the whole city is spread out and not very walkable.
By bikeNumerous bike paths run all over the city, providing a full day's worth of biking. The local buses have bike racks on the front bumper.
Klamath Falls is one of the gateway cities to Crater Lake National Park, a 60-mile (97 km) drive. Crater Lake is a crystal-clear lake in the caldera of what used to be Mount Mazama, a volcano that violently erupted about 7,700 years ago. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and among the ten deepest lakes in the world, and Crater Lake National Park is Oregon's only national park.
The Klamath Basin is rated #1 in the West on Sunset magazine's list of Fantastic Five birding destinations .
phone: +1 541-883-4208address: 1451 Main StHas many artifacts and relics from pioneer days, along with many Native American items and natural history exhibits. The museum also owns the Baldwin Hotel Museum and Fort Klamath outside of town.
Baldwin Hotel Museumphone: +1 541-883-4207address: 31 Main StEstablished in 1907 by George Baldwin, an influential businessman and politician, and father of locally prominent photographer Maud Baldwin, whose studio is on the fourth floor. The plumbing and electric conduits can be easily seen throughout the building; electricity and indoor plumbing were still somewhat of a luxury at the turn of the 20th century, and Baldwin wanted to flaunt these amenities. It operated as a hotel from 1909 to 1977. Guided tours are available; the last one of the day starts at 2:30PM.
Moore ParkThe largest park in Oregon offers hiking and mountain biking trails, tennis courts, and deer sightings.
Veterans Memorial ParkThis downtown park on the Lake Ewauna waterfront hosts a memorial to veterans, as well as a display for the Southern Pacific Railroad Locomotive #2579, a 2-8-0 "Consolidation" steam locomotive built in 1906 and donated to the city in 1957.
phone: +1 541-273-1477address: 1805 Main StThe city's geothermally heated outdoor swimming pool is open all year.
address: 34333 US 97, Chiloquin
phone: +1 541-883-3796address: 531 South 6th StEvery August.
Snowflake FestivalA two-week winter festival in early December including a tree-lighting ceremony and a parade down Main Street.
Third Thursdayaddress: Main St between 3rd and 11thEvery summer month on the third Thursday of the month.
Hunting and fishingKlamath Falls is next to Klamath Lake, which is connected to several other lakes as well as the Williamson River and the Klamath River. The fishing is incredible. There are a dozen more lakes in the Klamath Basin as well. The Basin hosts an amazing amount of wildlife. You can hunt for many different species of game during hunting season.
The Running Y Ranch and ResortOne of four golf courses in the area.
phone: +1 541-273-1102address: 9th Street between Main and Klamath
phone: +1 541-882-5586address: 369 S 6th StA popular camping, mountaineering, backpacking, and general outdoor equipment store.
phone: +1 541-882-3331address: 437 Main StThis camera shop is a well-known local establishment, selling cameras and camera accessories to anyone who loves taking photos. This is by far the best place in the Klamath Basin to find film and related supplies.
phone: +1 541-884-1600address: 729 Main StFind all sorts of Oregon/local products, souvenirs, and trinkets here.
phone: +1 541-205-4396A set of three shops selling gently used fancy clothes, accessories, and home furnishings.
Periwinkle Boutiqueaddress: 811 Main StFor women and children.
Periman's for Himaddress: 817 Main StFor men.
Periwinkle Homephone: +1 541-205-4395address: 831 Main StHome decor and other furnishings.
phone: +1 541-273-5222address: 1320 Main StSports bar.
phone: +1 541-850-0744address: 636 Main StBagel sandwiches named after major newspapers across the US, made with fresh New York–style bagels.
phone: +1 541-882-1427address: 715 Main StBreakfast diner.
Mr. B's Steakhousephone: +1 541-883-8719address: 3927 South 6th St
Pho Hongphone: +1 541-850-9441address: 3620 Washburn WayGood Vietnamese restaurant.
phone: +1 541-884-1758address: 1877 Avalon StA locally owned bargain grocery store with a wide array of foods, including a large organic section. There are Sherm's Thunderbirds in Medford and Roseburg too, but the building for this store is the newest and nicest.
Thai Orchid Caféphone: +1 541-273-0707address: 900 Main St #D
phone: +1 541-884-6578address: 421 Main St
Basin Martini Barphone: +1 541-884-6264address: 632 Main St
Black Dog Billiardsphone: +1 541-884-8373address: 436 Main St
Chicken N Cheersphone: +1 541-884-3180address: 3310 Madison StRedneck bar with pool and karaoke.
phone: +1 541-882-5118address: 601 Main St
phone: +1 541-887-2561address: 610 Main StClassy Irish pub. This is the renovated former location of Waldo's.
The lodging tax is 9% of your room rent (1% from the State of Oregon, 8% from Klamath County). The proceeds benefit the area's tourism promotion and services—which, of course, benefits you!
address: 2627 South 6th StThe staff are extremely friendly and helpful. They provide complementary breakfast in the morning, soup in the afternoon, and fresh-baked cookies in the evening. Free wifi, pool, and hot tub.
phone: +1 541-882-4601address: 3060 South 6th StFree wifi, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, TV, and hair dryer in the room, with a free breakfast buffet.
phone: +1 866-381-2322address: 38625 West Side RdFree wifi. Pet-friendly. All rooms are nonsmoking. Reserving at least 6 to 12 months in advance is recommended for holidays, special events, and other peak times.
phone: +1 800-569-0029address: 5500 Running Y Rd
phone: +1 541-882-6688address: 1220 Main StFree wifi, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, TV, hair dryer, iron, and ironing board in the room. Provides free breakfast and a daily newspaper, and laundry and fitness facilities. Children under 18 traveling with parents stay free; 10PM curfew for children.
phone: +1 541-882-1200address: 4061 South 6th StFree wifi and wired Internet. Coffee and tea maker in the room. Free breakfast and a newspaper, air conditioning, and a heated indoor pool. Children under 18 traveling with parents stay free. Pet-friendly rooms available for $20 per pet per night extra.
You can take care of your postal needs at the
Klamath Falls post office
The area code 541 is used. The new area code overlay 458 is also assigned to the area, but no 458 numbers have been issued in Klamath Falls yet as of September 2016. However, the overlay means ten-digit dialing is mandatory. You must dial the area code for all calls, even local calls made on landline phones (541-xxx-xxxx). You might infrequently see an old sign or advertisement with a seven-digit number; it's safe to assume the area code is 541.
Fun trivia fact: Back when telephone numbers were often given with exchange names, sometimes the fictitious "KLamath 5-xxxx" was used (in addition to "KLondike 5-xxxx") in the media when a fictional phone number was needed. "KL 5" corresponds to "555" in modern-day fake American phone numbers.