Lakeview, Oregon

Museums and Exhibits

Lake County Museum. 118 South E Street, Lakeview, OR 97630. Phone: 541-947-2220. E-mail

The museum is located in a house built in 1927 by Mr. and Mrs. Ike Kent. All the cement blocks were hand made by them.

Schminck Memorial Museum. 128 South E Street, Lakeview, OR 97630. Phone: 541-947-3134.

National Forest

Fremont-Winema National Forest. Headquarters: 1301 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630. Phone: 541-947-2151.

Natural Wonders

Crack in the Ground
A fissure that formed between cooling lava flows about 1100 years ago. The fissure is about 2 miles long and 70 feet deep. The length of the fissure can be hiked, as there is an established trail along the fissure's bottom. Normally, fissures like this one are filled in with soil and rock by the processes of erosion and sedimentation, but because Crack in the Ground is located in such an arid region, barely any filling has occurred. As a result, Crack in the Ground exists today nearly as it did shortly after its formation. When you get there it is easy to cool off, as the bottom of the crack can be as much as twenty degrees below the surface temperature.

Derrick Cave
A lava tube 30 feet high, 50 feet wide and 1/4 mile long. The ceiling has collapsed in two places; one providing foot access into the cave and the other forming a "skylight" for the cave. (Near Crack In The Ground.)

Devil's Garden Wilderness Study Area
Includes two spatter cones know as "The Blowouts" and are interesting volcanic features right alongside the road leading to Derrick Cave and Ice Cave.

Lake Chewaucan Lake Bed
200 feet deep, 2000 years ago.

Old Perpetual Geyser
One and a half miles north of Lakeview. Old Perpetual Geyser erupts 60 feet into the air about every 90 seconds.

Scenic Byways

Booth State Scenic Corridor. 12 miles West of Lakeview. Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 42.196117 N; 42.196117 N

Christmas Valley Back Country Byway
The byway begins in the town of Fort Rock. Length: 93 miles / 149.7 km
Time to Allow: 3 hours. Restrictions: Portions of this byway may require a high-clearance type vehicle.

Oregon Outback Scenic Byway
Starting at La Pine this 171 mile drive takes you through the solitude of the colorful desert. Allow 4-6 hours.


Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Phone: 541-947-2731.

Summer Lake State Wildlife Area. 53447 Highway 37, Summer Lake, OR 97640. Phone: 541-943-3152.

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