Summer isn’t the only season for adventure in Phoenix and the Rogue Valley. As autumn and winter arrive, they bring a new set of outdoor excursions and beautiful places to explore. From piles of colorful leaves to snow-capped mountains, now is the time to plan your next adventure. 

If you’re seeking a new day trip, Lake of the Woods is only an hour from Phoenix, but in that time, you’re transported to another world.

A Woodland Oasis

Lake of the Woods is a beautiful high mountain lake, and just one of a few natural lakes in Southern Oregon suitable for multi-use recreation. It’s also one of the most popular outdoor recreation sites in the region.

It’s located near the crest of the Cascade Range in the Fremont–Winema National Forest and covers 1,146 acres. It was named by Oliver C. Applegate in 1870. The small, unincorporated community of Lake of the Woods is located on the eastern shore of the lake. 

Numerous Recreation Opportunities 

If you want to take the family for a fun weekend drive, Lake of the Woods Resort has RV sites and cabins available everyday. You’ll have the freedom to explore the area and take in the beautiful surrounding scenery. After exploring, venture over to the resort’s restaurant for a meal before calling it a day.

Or maybe you’re planning your next adventure a couple months out, once the area is draped in glistening snow. If you visit Lake of the Woods during the winter, you’ll enjoy many different activities, including:

  • Snowmobiling
  • X country skiing
  • Snowshoeing 
  • Ice fishing

This gorgeous part of Southern Oregon has something to offer all year round!

The Best Outdoor Exploration

As summer ends, don’t let the changing season dampen your sense of adventure. A world of discovery awaits you in the Rogue Valley, with many places just a quick drive from Phoenix. Start your next journey in our welcoming town, and then discover everything else the valley has to offer.