Due to recent snowstorms and more winter weather in the forecast, the Fremont-Winema National Forest Klamath Ranger District is opening Great Meadow, next to Lake of the Woods Resort.. to over-snow vehicles.
SNOWMOBILE TIME! Great Meadow is located east of Lake of the Woods off of Oregon State Highway 140 between Klamath Falls and Medford.
Recent storms have helped meet the minimum 18-inch depth requirement for the area to be open to over-snow vehicles and winter storms in the forecast will add to the base. Visitors are encouraged to check signs at the Great Meadow Sno-Park for the latest status for over-snow vehicles, especially as weather conditions change.
Directions to Great Meadown Sno-Park:
Great Meadows Sno-Park is located 35 minutes west of Klamath Falls. From Klamath Falls, OR take Oregon Highway 140 west towards Medford, Oregon for approximately 32 miles and the sno-park is on the left side of the road.
Great Meadows Sno-Park is located one hour east of Medford, Oregon. From Medford, OR take Oregon Highway 140 east towards Klamath Falls, OR, for approximately 45 miles and the sno-park is on the right side of the road.
The Great Meadows Sno-Park is for summer and winter recreation. In the winter, you’ll find over 165 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Food and lodging are available at Lake of the Woods and Fish Lake resorts. From the Sno-Park, there are scenic views of Mt. McLoughlin to the north.
Great Meadows Sno-Park is located 35 minutes west of Klamath Falls, Oregon. It was specifically designed as a Sno-Park with land from a construction phase in the 1940’s. Today the expansive 1.5 acre parking lot accommodates up to 50 vehicles with trailers in the winter, making it an ideal destination for snowmobiling.
Great Meadows lies adjacent to a swath of meadow land. Blanketed with 3-5 feet of snow every winter, the meadow attracts kite boarders, cross country skiers, and families with young snowmobile drivers just learning. The trailhead is a jumping off point to trails within Mountain Lakes Wilderness (no snowmobiles are allowed in Wilderness) to the southeast, and connects to the family trail loop to Lake of the Woods Resort.
Snowmobilers can cruise from Great Meadows to Diamond Lake and connect with a network of trails that crisscross Southern Oregon. The snowmobile trails around Great Meadows are well-maintained. In a typical winter, 150-250 miles of trails are groomed every week. Douglas, Red Shasta, White firs and lodgepole pines shadow the trails around the meadow, with a sprinkling of aspen trees on the west end.
Although Great Meadows Sno Park attracts winter sports enthusiasts, it is open year round and presents birding and other recreational opportunities. Snow fall varies every year, but usually the Sno-Park is ready for use mid-November to mid-December through early March.
There is no potable water. Visitors need to bring plenty of water.
The Great Meadow Sno-Park has been open for winter recreation as snow conditions have allowed since November. At the end of this week, snow depth met the 18-inch minimum to allow over snow vehicle travel.
There are signs at the site indicating the status for over-snow vehicles and visitors are encouraged to check the status as weather conditions change through the season.
Great Meadow Sno-Park serves as a launching point for a variety of winter recreation opportunities including snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
For more information on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema, follow the Forest on Twitter @FremontWinemaNF or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/R6FWNF.
U.S. Forest Service
Fremont-Winema National Forest
1301 S. G St.
Lakeview, OR 97630