Bird houses
Hand-made bird house

     Just north of Klamath Falls, off Hwy 97, is a fly-fishing paradise.  Lonesome Duck is a ranch/resort, 2.5 acres along the Williamson River, which is a famed fly-fishing destination – its spring-fed waters yield trophy-size trout. On this early spring day, dozens of birds dart across the grassy meadows and light on the many hand-made birdhouses that dot the property. 

    Wildlife enthusiasts would love it here – today, I’ve seen four birds I’ve never seen before, and though I’m not a birder, even I know this area is famed for the abundance and variety of birds and other wildlife. Situated on the Pacific Flyway, the Klamath Basin’s diverse habitats – marshes, open water, coniferous forest, Juniper woodlands, oak-chaparral, sagebrush-grasslands, grassy meadow and rocky cliffs — features more than 350 of birds stopping here for their layover along the flyway. (For more about birding in the Klamath Basin, check out this terrific website: 

   Lonesome Duck’s guest houses offer tons of privacy & peacefulness - and each is just steps away from the river’s edge. Fully-equipped kitchens, linens, BBQ’s, porches made for relaxing and lots more. Arrowhead Cottage is particularly charming. The cottage is original to the ranch and has been completely renovated but retains its wonderful historic feel and features a huge stone fireplace set with arrowheads and other artifacts. The Rivers Edge guest house is a magnificent log home with a loft, wood stove, large covered porch & more.  Eagles Nest guest house is another log home with an amazing front porch overlooking a pond & meadow and, of course, the river. The website features full descriptions of amenities & lodging options.
    As I toured the property, it seemed everywhere I looked there was something interesting and vibrant to catch my attention.  Here, an unusual structure (atop a tall pole), which turns out to be a bat house.  There, a short walk leads to an old wagon crossing on the Williamson (I imagine this must be a wonderful wading spot in the summer).  A large open dining area with a huge barbeque features two enormous industrial-type spools, “repurposed” into rustic picnic tables.  Nearby, horses prance in a grassy meadow and a friendly Black Lab scampers alongside.
Main House

Beautiful stone fireplace in main house

The main house is also a B&B with a beautiful open kitchen. The house is a work of art in itself, designed by the resort’s owners. It’s full of light, vibrant colors, interesting textures. A stone fireplace soars to the lofted ceiling over the great room, and from every window there’s a view–meadows, mountains, trees & the river. Upstairs, there’s guest rooms & baths, small gym area with workout equipment, and more gorgeous views.

Crater Lake National Park is just 35 minutes from Lonesome Duck, and along with the world-class fly-fishing there are seven wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin; boats and canoes are available for guest use; or take a llama for a walk.  Check out their website for details:   (800) 367-2540  32955 Hwy 97 N/Chiloquin, Oregon 97624.

About these ads