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Outdoor Life

Those who live in Southern Oregon enjoy four seasons, a mild climate and sunshine many don't expect from Oregon. The area is ripe with opportunities in fishing, skiing, watersports, mountain biking, rafting, zip lining and hiking in the nearby mountains and Rogue River Valley. A few of the treasures include Crater Lake, Oregon Caves, redwood forests, the mighty Rogue and Umpqua Rivers — all are surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness.

There are many venues, associations and clubs for those who enjoy an active lifestyle. Listed are just a few:

  • Southern Oregon Fly Fishers ( - Organized in 1993 Southern Oregon Fly Fishers is a non-profit membership corporation established to promote the arts and skills of fly fishing and to encourage conservation of our natural resources through the inherent ethic and stewardship that fly fishing evokes.

  • Mt. Ashland ski area ( - Mt. Ashland is a ski area located in beautiful Southern Oregon. We have been providing Local Mountain Fun Since 1964.

  • The Jacksonville Woodlands Association ( - The Jacksonville Woodlands Association is caring for the special places that have been saved by the citizens of Jacksonville so that all may experience our city's gold rush heritage.

  • Southern Oregon Runners ( - Oregon’s first running club has been an integral part of the running scene since 1969 when the club was formed to promote health and fitness through the sport of running and walking.

  • Ashland Rowing Club ( - The Ashland Rowing Club is a community-based organization that inspires and supports a passion for the sport of rowing.

  • Granite Man ( - Granite Man is an exciting off-road running, triathlon and duathlon event held every June at beautiful Applegate Lake nestled at 2,000 feet in the Rogue River National Forest. Applegate Lake has been a long time southern Oregon favorite for mountain bikers, trail runners and swimmers.