Summer Fun from Morning till Night
Feel like a kid again by playing outside all day long!
Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Who likes warm days full of outdoor activities, and cool evenings perfect for sitting by the campfire and then getting cozy in a warm, comfy cabin? We certainly do, and that’s exactly what summer is about here at Union Creek Resort in Southern Oregon’s Rogue River National Forest. Summers here provide the perfect setting for a myriad of outdoor activities. Temperatures average a daytime high of 90 and a nighttime low just above 60 – we call that a perfect mix for a full plate of activities!
While every season has its beauty and endless list of activity options here at Union Creek Resort, summer is especially fun with so many things to do and so much time to do them in the long, extended days. You can start your day early with a beautiful hike along Union Creek, see and hear the roar of the powerful Rogue River charging through the narrow Rogue Gorge, grab a hearty breakfast at Beckie’s Café, then head up to Crater Lake National Park to take in one of the U.S.’s most majestic sites, and one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.
So, with so much to do here in the basking glow of summertime, what will make your must-see-and-do checklist? To help plan your next trip, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite summer activities.
And if you need some extra incentive to come up here and enjoy the outdoor activities, check out our blog, “8 Reasons To Get Outside And Enjoy Nature.”
An absolute must for any visit, visiting Crater Lake National Park is a spectacular, breathtaking sight every time you see it. And if you feel you’ve seen it enough times to suffice, just know there are always countless other activities beyond the breathtaking sight from the Park Headquarters. We encourage you to get out around the park – from driving or biking around the Rim to hiking down to the water’s edge, swimming and even fishing. Check out our blog, 14 Things to Do At Crater Lake, for more ideas.
Hiking is one of our most popular activities in any season, and summer’s long days give you even more time to roam in old growth forests along either the Rogue River or our own Union Creek. We feature great, well-maintained and marked hiking trails right from the Union Creek Resort grounds.
Check out our Trail Map for a list of 34 nearby hiking trails.
Need help getting back in shape for hiking? Check out our blog “3 Keys to Getting in Shape for Spring Hiking”
Nothing combines relaxation and excitement quite like fishing! The Union Creek area offers endless fishing opportunities for beginners to advanced anglers on both Union Creek and the Rogue River, which has been fished by the likes of Herbert Hoover, Zane Grey, and Jack London. Both rivers are stocked by the Oregon Fish & Wildlife, and you’ll find salmon and steelhead, as well as rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, and German brown trout.
If you prefer flat water fishing, nearby Lost Creek Reservoir, Crater Lake, and other mountain lakes await.
The Union Creek Store sells fishing licenses and tackle, and rents equipment as well.
For information on trout fishing in the Union Creek area, check out our blog.
Southern Oregon’s Upper Rogue River area is “waterfalls country,” with waterfalls of all types at and around Union Creek Resort. From roiling, boiling, thundering waterfalls to gently cascading riffles to barely a trickle, you can go on a waterfalls hiking or driving tour in any direction. There are several creeks, rivers, and land formations throughout the area that make for spectacular waterfalls.
Read more about local waterfalls here.
Hiking on two wheels is a blast on both the Union Creek Trail and the Union Creek Spur Trail, both of which start from the back of our main cabin area. The U.S. Forest Service recently installed a brand new bridge for mountain bikes that leads the way to dozens of branching paths.
The Lost Creek Reservoir Loop is 22 miles of easy-to-intermediate riding. Located just 17 miles from Union Creek Resort, the trail travels around the entire lake and includes both single track and paved areas. It will take between 2.5 and 3.5 hours to make the entire trip, and you’ll enjoy great views of the lake throughout.
Mountain bike rentals are available at the Union Creek Lodge.
The Prospect Trail System provides more than 200 miles of well-marked routes that are a combination of trails and shared use roads – for motorcyclists, quad riders, off-road drivers, mountain bikers, hikers, and horse-back riders. Within the trail system is the Woodruff Play Area, which includes a sandpit, about six miles of trails (including motocross track), and a learner’s loop.
From Union Creek Resort, you can reach the Prospect Trail System by driving on Highway 62 South for 10 miles, then right on Abbott Creek Road to the Woodruff OHV staging area. You can also pick up a trail map at the Prospect Ranger Station.
You must have a valid OHV sticker, a spark arrestor, and meet DEQ noise level of 99db or less. U.S. Forest Service Rangers patrol the trail system to provide education and enforcement. The trail system is open July 1 – Oct 15, and the Woodruff Play Area is open June 15 – Nov 30.
Kids and families love our close by swimming holes, just a few minutes from the Union Creek cabins on our own Union Creek. Hot summer temperatures make the cool water perfect to chill out and play.