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Despite the diverse and dramatic scenery that's revealed along Oregon’s two major interstates, you simply can't appreciate Oregon from the fast lane of the freeway. So take a few hours (or a few days) and explore some of the roads less traveled. Three of Oregon's Scenic Byways have been honored as All-American Roads, placing them among a handful of the most treasured routes in the country. Five others have been designated National Scenic Byways for their outstanding qualities. These and four more Oregon Scenic Byways are clearly marked with signs along the routes. Many of the byways and tour routes travel through remote areas where gas stations are few and far between, so "fill'er up" when you have the chance. Since road and weather conditions can be hazardous, especially at higher elevations, call for up-to-date information before starting out: 800-977-6368 or 541-889-3999.
The "Crater Lake Highway" follows Annie Creek through peaceful pastures to Fort Klamath. The tour continues on Weed Road to Sevenmile Road west, then follows West Side Road through the Winema National Forest. You'll pass Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge and Upper Klamath Lake. Covering 133 square miles, the lake is Oregon's largest body of fresh water, filling a basin created when the earth's crust dropped along fault lines on both sides. Situated in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, the area sustains over 430 species of resident and migratory birds, including bald eagles, sandhill cranes and pelicans. Several campgrounds and resorts with marinas invite you to relax, canoe, fish or golf in the shadow of the Southern Oregon Cascades. West Side Road connects with Oregon Route 140 at Rocky Point. Howard Bay is a common place to see nesting pelicans, blue herons and snow geese. The southern half of the lake is home to bald eagles all year round. The Byway continues south as Oregon Route 140 meets U. S. Route 97 two miles south of downtown Klamath Falls. After passing through cropland along the Klamath River, you'll travel by the Klamath Wildlife Area and the Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This segment of the Byway ends at the Francis S. Landrum Historic Wayside, which commemorates the Applegate Emigrant Trail, the southern arm of the Oregon Trail. For more information, contact the Klamath County Department of Tourism at 800-445-6728 or 541-884-0666.