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Old 02-14-2012, 06:54 PM
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Default Best Airport To See Crater Lake

Wife and I are planning a 2 week west coast flying vacation for this June (actual dates not set yet). We'd love to see Crater lake but were wondering which airport to use. The closest looks to be Prospect State (64S), but looking on Airnav it looks to be relatively dead (no services, car, etc).

Should we use Medford (MFR) or Klamath Falls (LMT) instead? Looks to be a serious drive from either of those. Not sure how much time we'll have to dedicate to this stop, but if we use LMT or MFR, it looks like we'd have to dedicate just about a whole day. Any advice from the locals or anybody that has done it before is much appreciated!

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:18 PM
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Default Crater Lake in June...

We did a fly-by last June 3rd. Really nice spot from the air but looks a bit more wintry than you might expect in June

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:29 PM
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Stephen,

That's just a little less snow than I saw at the end of November.

Dave, perhaps a drive from Bend would make sense.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:33 PM
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I came from the Seattle side.
I stopped at 77S, Hobby Field, Creswell Oregon, where I picked up a friend. We flew to Crater lake, then to S21 Sunriver for lunch, then back to Hobby.
That worked out great for us.
Roseburg is a good choice if you are up from the south. The FBO there is great, and they have loaner cars if you need to go into town, or maybe you can drive it to Crater lake?
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:45 PM
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Default Closest airport with all services

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Wife and I are planning a 2 week west coast flying vacation for this June (actual dates not set yet). We'd love to see Crater lake but were wondering which airport to use. The closest looks to be Prospect State (64S), but looking on Airnav it looks to be relatively dead (no services, car, etc).

Should we use Medford (MFR) or Klamath Falls (LMT) instead? Looks to be a serious drive from either of those. Not sure how much time we'll have to dedicate to this stop, but if we use LMT or MFR, it looks like we'd have to dedicate just about a whole day. Any advice from the locals or anybody that has done it before is much appreciated!

Thanks,

Dave
The driving distance difference between the two options you mention is only about 12 miles. Klamath Falls is about 12 miles closer than Medford. Either aiport would offer about the same services, like car rentals. Chiloquin is also an option, but I doubt that you could easily find a car rental there. It's about the same as Prospect for services. Chiloquin did have a restaurant within walking distance many years ago. Prospect also has food available a short walk from the airport.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:55 PM
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Sounds like you want to drive to it? Medford would be a good choice. Good FBO's and friendly ATC.
Make sure the crater road is open which can be closed even into June sometimes.
The drive is two hours or less but you will want to spend the day for sure. The view from the air is great but seeing it at eye level is better. It is awe inspiring. There are some great sights on the drive up too like the natural bridge where the entire Rouge river goes underground.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:43 PM
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I'd give Ashland a go.
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The road from Medford is prettier, but slower than from Klamath (my opinion).

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Old 02-16-2012, 05:46 AM
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KFalls KLMT has all services and lodging like MFD.


Greg is spot on. Drive is nice from MFD although easiest access is from KLMT. You will want to count on most of the day for travel and seeing Crater Lake. The best view is from your RV, but the land visit will make you always appreciate your aerial photos. Enjoy.
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Default If your driving to Crater Lake...

You will need to checkout the current road conditions that time of year.

From the web site: http://www.nps.gov/crla/planyourvisit/things2know.htm

East Rim Drive and the Pinnacles Road do not normally open to vehicles until July.

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