Local Area Attractions Near Lemolo Lake / Crater Lake North KOA Holiday
The following activities are in close proximity to Lemolo Lake/ Crater Lake North KOA:
- The breathtaking beauty of Crater Lake National Park - the north entrance to the Park is just 18 miles south of our KOA. Link to check on Crater Lake Road Closures
- 6 spectacular waterfalls ranging in height from 30 feet to nearly 300 feet within 20 miles.
- A natural hot spring with several rock "tubs" located within 20 miles of our KOA.
- The North Umpqua Trail (locally known as the NUT).
- The Pacific Crest Trail.
Stop by our store, we have maps to show you how to find all the waterfalls, hot springs, hiking trails, and the goods you'll need for your trip.
Crater Lake National Park
Lemolo Lake/Crater Lake North KOA is located just 18 miles north of the North entrance to Crater Lake National Park. The unmatched beauty of this national park is a must see for any traveler through the region and is the only National Park in Oregon. The north entrance "typically" opens around June 1st of each year, but can fluctuate a few weeks either side of that date depending on snowfall in a given year. The North entrance closes on November 1st each year, unless snow fall closes it earlier. The website link for this section provides all the details on road conditions and other information you'll need before visiting Crater Lake National Park.
If the north entrance is not open when you visit the area, don't worry, the South entrance to the park is open YEAR ROUND and only adds about 45 minutes to your drive.
A local favorite and the tallest waterfall in the area at nearly 300 feet. This one is well worth the 15-minute hike from the parking area just off Highway 138. The trailhead is about 12 miles from the turnoff to our campground and is well marked along the highway with forest service signage. As one of the most popular waterfall hikes, quite a bit of parking is provided and it's configured so most large vehicles can get in and out.
The North Umpqua Trail
The North Umpqua Trail (locally known as the NUT). This popular trail for mountain biking, hiking and ultra-running has been featured in outdoor magazines as one of the best trails on the west coast. The most popular segment, the "dread and terror section" is located ½ mile from our KOA. In fact, multiple mountain biking and ultra-running races use our KOA as starting or finishing points. Come see what enthusiasts already know. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world is found just outside our KOA's doorstep.
The Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail, is a famous hiking trail that extends through the U.S. from the Mexico border to the Canadian border. A connection to the trail is located just a few miles east of our KOA.
Lemolo Falls - Upper Falls Hike
This fall has 2 separate hikes and viewpoints available. This description is for the Upper Falls Hike. The trailhead is across the Lemolo Lake Dam bridge and left along the canal about 1.5 miles from the campground.
The hike to the upper view of the falls is a beautiful hike along the North Umpqua Trail (& North Umpqua River). The hike is about 60-70 minutes each way from the trailhead. While the hike is beautiful, the view of the falls is not as spectacular as the lower falls view. This is viewed as a moderate hike in the difficulty spectrum. The parking area for the hike is for cars and trucks ONLY (NO RV's!).
One of two waterfalls in our area available for even the hiking averse. Access to this waterfall is from Highway 138 about 3 ½ miles from the turnoff to our campground and is well marked along the highway with forest service signage. From the parking area the waterfall is a level 400-foot walk to the waterfall (sorry we can't consider it a hike). All but the Largest RV's can pull in and park at this fall.
Another local favorite and the only 2-tiered waterfall in the area with a 40-foot fall followed by an 80-foot fall. The 15-minute hike is an up and down walk with about 250 stairs involved each way. The parking area is about ½ mile off Highway 138 and the trailhead is about 14 miles from the turnoff to our campground and is well marked along the highway with forest service signage. Parking for about 20-30 vehicles is provided and can accommodate motor homes up to around 30 feet in the parking lot.
Umpqua Hot Springs
As the only hot springs in the area, Umppua Hot Springs has become a favorite for locals and travelers alike. The hot springs is about 4 miles NE of Toketee Falls waterfall on Road 3401 (dirt road). The falls are open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm daily during the summer months (different hours in the winter months). A $5.00 day use is required. From the parking area, the hike to the hot springs is about 20 minutes . The hot springs feature 7 natural tubs in a cascading format (from upper tubs to lower tubs).Three items of note:
- The parking area is small with room for 10-15 vehicles. We do NOT recommend parking along the road as it is patrolled and tickets are issued for parking illegally as the area is very popular.
- This is a clothing optional hot springs and many regulars at the Hot Springs have chosen that option. We feel all who visit should be aware of what they may see before going so they can make informed decisions.
- If you get in the tubs, stay in the upper tubs as the water is hotter in upper tubs (then cascades to the lower tubs and cools as it goes).
The Second of the two waterfalls in our area available for the hiking averse. Access to this waterfall is from Highway 138 about 6 ½ miles from the turnoff to our campground and is well marked along the highway with forest service signage. You can see the waterfall from the parking area. Is it considered a hike if you don't have to get out of your vehicle? Parking is a bit limited, but all but the Largest RV's should be able to pull in and park at this fall.
Warm Springs Falls
A hidden treasure that few people find as it's a little off the beaten path. Come to the store for directions before heading to this one as it's a little hard to find. But once you reach the trailhead, it's an easy 5-minute walk (not even a hike) in the shade to the falls. The trailhead is about 5 miles from our campground, and the roads are for cars and trucks ONLY.