On July 23rd and 24th we paddled the Upper Klamath Canoe Trail in
southern Oregon. We arrived after many hours of driving through the
eastern expanses of Siskiyou and Modoc county, and decided to relax by
paddling for a while.
We headed south to get a look at Mt McLaughlin;
on the way we saw the solitude of sea gulls resting on old piers amid
the sprawling patches of wocus plants. It was a nice way to have a
little time on the water before we settled in for the evening.
The next morning we headed north, deep into the acres of reeds and flowering
wocus plants, and got to see lots of native birds, such as terns,
redwings, egrets, herons and gulls (and the ubiquitous Canada Geese).
The water is still and clear, and the lake bottom is black, so the water
reflects like a mirror and provides stunning views of the surrounding
The Upper Klamath Lake is a vast and quiet area with big skies
and few distractions, so if you need to clear you head and find some
peace, this is a great place to go.