Central Oregon offers so much in terms of year-round recreation that we often get into a rut in where we go to enjoy outdoor adventures. We're fortunate to have access to a wide variety of seasonal outdoor sports and activities right in our own backyard. For those who want to shake up their routines and travel a bit farther afield, the Diamond Lake Resort offers great winter recreational opportunities. Originally best known as one of the premiere summer trout fisheries in Oregon, Diamond Lake has also become a winter recreation destination. The resort has evolved from a small 1920s fishing lodge to a full-service resort offering cabins, room rentals, restaurant and store. Take Highway 97 south to Highway 138 west. Just a few miles past the Crater Lake north entrance (now closed due to snow), you will find signs to the resort.
Current snow conditions couldn't be better for a winter get-away at Diamond Lake. Without question, snowmobiling is the most popular activity at the lake, followed by cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The resort offers several options for snowmobile rentals, ranging from two-hour minimums to all-day rentals. The resort features a mid-week package from Sunday night to Thursday that includes overnight accommodations and snowmobile rental for less than $200.
Diamond Lake Resort boasts seven miles of groomed cross-country trails in addition to ample backcountry skiing access. Skis can be rented by the hour or all day for $25. There are snowshoe rentals as well. But that's not all. The snow tubing hill, with unlimited uphill tows, has become extremely popular for families. Tubing is available Friday nights and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. The hill will also be open on President's Day, which is Feb. 15 this year. Two-hour sessions cost $10 per person, and all-day rates are $25.
The resort also caters to seniors during the month of February by reserving the lodge just for those 55-and-over participating in the cross-country ski program. The resort emphasizes that one does not have to be an accomplished cross-country skier to participate; choose snowshoeing instead. The program offers discounted lodge rates and covers all activities including guided tours, lessons, lunch, and a buffet dinner each night. For further information, call the resort at 541-793-3333. More information can be found at the Diamond Lake Resort website: diamondlake.net.