The Klamath Region

 

The Klamath Region

 The Klamath Region is a remote corner of Northern Calfornia and Southern Oregon and a little-known vacation spot. Officially designated a Wild and Scenic River, the Klamath River encompasses two nationally recognized scenic byways. Miles of rivers and creeks offer world-class white water river rafting and kayaking vacation opportunities, as well as crystal clear pools for swimming and fishing. Situated in one of the largest tracts of remaining wilderness in the lower 48, the region's four Wilderness areas (SiskiyouMarble Mountain,  Russian  and Trinity Alps) offer exceptional hiking. The Klamath Mountains are the cross roads of the West, where north meets south, the coastal range meets the interior Great Basin, and the Sierra Nevada meet the Cascades, creating a rich and unique region of endemic plants found nowhere else in the world.

“The Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion of Northwest California is one of the most diverse temperate forest regions on earth.  To the locals, the ecoregion goes by many names: the Klamath Knot for it's rugged mountain ranges:  State of Jefferson, for a local secession movement popularized in 1941; and Bigfoot Country, for the reputed sightings and mythical connection this creature inspires in indigenous communities.  To biogeographers and conservationists, however, this area has many accolades, including designation as a World Conservation Union global center of plant diversity, a World Wildlife Fund Global 2000 ecoregion and proposed United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization  (UNESCO) designation as a biosphere reserve”

-Dominick A. Dellasala, Ph.D

Low Carbon Vacations

Here are a few things we're doing to help make your vacation more green and our business more ecologically friendly:

Recycling - We recycle everything possible, cans, bottles, paper, plastic etc.

Composting - Kitchen scraps and organic waste go to our compost pile to feed our organic gardens rather than going to the landfill.

Solar Power - We have a 4.5 KW solar photovoltaic array that generates virtually all electricity used by the cabins during the summer months. (Our electricity is regular 120V AC, same as any typical home).

Water Conservation - We conserve water by irrigating with drip irrigation systems on timers. By increasing efficiency and minimizing our use we help to conserve the water in our rivers that is so essential to our salmon and steelhead runs.

Evaporative Coolers - The evaporative coolers ("swamp coolers") that we use in our cabins consume about one third the electricity of air conditioners and use no Freon or other harmful greenhouse gases.

Natural Building - On the ranch you'll find examples of cordwood construction, cob, light straw clay and natural earth plasters, portraying non-toxic natural building techniques that use less energy, utilize local resources and are completely biodegradable.

Watershed Restoration - Owners Blythe Reis and Mark DuPont are founding members of the Mid-Klamath Watershed Council. As board members we take an active role in local watershed restoration and community development.

We just returned from our 2nd annual trip and we are already looking forward to next year, but we plan on staying for two weeks next time.  The setting is very relaxing and is a great escape from living in San Francisco.  –Ely, Tripadvisor

 

The Klamath Knot

refers to the complex melange of rock that underlies the Klamath Mountains, a result of the collision of the North American and Pacific tectonic plates, which gives rise to the steep terrain of the region.   An ecological crossroads, the Klamath Mountain lie at the intersection of the Sierra Mountains to the south, the Cascades to the north, the Interior Great Basin to the east, and the coastal pacific to the west.   One of the most biologically diverse and complex temperate bioregions on the planet, it includes the coastal fog belt, hot interior canyons, and the most diverse conifer forests in the world.

Mid Klamath Watershed Council

The Klamath River and its tributaries, including the Salmon and Trinity Rivers, have some of the largest remaining wild salmon runs in the lower 48 States and hold the promise of significant ecological improvement through restoration programs.

We are proud to serve on both the staff and board of directors of the Mid Klamath Watershed Council.  Since 2001, the Mid Klamath Watershed Council (MKWC) has been working to restore the threatened Klamath River in Northern California and the upslope habitats upon which the river depends.