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Fourmile Lake is located in Approximately 40 miles from Klamath Falls, Oregon off of Highway 140 near Lake of the Woods. Fourmile Lake is the last lake south in the Sky Lakes Wilderness area. The Sky Lakes Wilderness straddles southern Oregon's Cascade Range from Crater Lake National Park southward to Fourmile Lake and Highway 140. This is a beautiful lake next to Mount McLoughlin with a high elevation mixed conifer forest dominated by mountain hemlock, Douglas fir, white fir and Shasta red fir. Around the lake itself there are extensive stands of lodgepole pine. The lake is at 5,744 feet in elevation, top of McLoughlin is 9,495 feet.
There is a Forest Service campground at the southern end of the lake with a boat ramp. Most of the lake is surrounded by the Sky Lakes Wilderness and is only accessible by foot or boat. The campground is also the trailhead for the Long Lake trail that leads north into the Sky Lakes Wilderness area and the Rye Spur trail that goes south to Lake of the Woods.

Detailed trail maps for the Forest and the wilderness area can be obtained at the Forest Service offices listed below.

Birds to Look For:
While traveling along the Fourmile Lake Road, you will travel through various forest types and logged areas. In older forest stands, look and listen for Blue Grouse, Williamson's Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided and Hammond's Flycatchers, Gray Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, Solitary Vireo, Hermit Warbler, and Evening Grosbeak. In more open stands or clearings, look for Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Western Wood-Peewee, Dusky Flycatcher, Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Mountain Bluebird, Warbling Vireo, Orange-crowned and Nashville Warblers, Western Tanager, Green-tailed Towhee, Red Crossbill and more.

Four Mile Lake
In the lodgepole stands around the lake, look and listen for Black-backed Woodpecker, Purple Martin (rare), Clark's Nutcracker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped and MacGillivray's Warblers, Lazuli Bunting, Lincoln's Sparrow and Cassin's Finch. There may also be some waterbirds on the lake as well.

How to Reach the Site:
From Klamath Falls, travel west on Highway 140 toward Lake of the Woods. Turn right (north) onto Fourmile Lake Road (Forest Service Rd. 3661). There is a sign for the lake on the Highway It is about 6 miles to the lake on an improved dirt (cinder) road which is only passable during the summer and early fall. The road ends at the lake.

Fourmile Lake Campground
Camping and Picnicking
Fourmile Lake Campground is located at the foot of spectacular Mt. McLaughlin and on the shores of beautiful Fourmile Lake. Travel 35 miles northwest of Klamath Falls on Highway 140 to Road 3661, then six miles north to the lake. This site is operated by a concessionaire. The area offers camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, and hiking. It is a great starting point for your exploration of Sky Lakes Wilderness and Mt. McLaughlin.

Amenities include hand pumped water and stock loading facilities. There is a fee for use of the area. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plenty of wildlife to enjoy and a great place to see Mount McLoughlin at 9,495 feet.

Comments from an a avid outdoor person and horseman wrote:
"My observations of the location is that Campsites are very nice and relaxing (picnic tables and fire pits in sites, corrals are sound (bring a spare long rope for a gate as there was no gate offered at the time of my visit), trails and riding options are very good. Clean and well kept park. Great views and numerous small lakes to visit in a short ride".
Recreational activities:
Hiking & more

For More Information Contact:
Fremont-Winema National Forests
Klamath Ranger District
1936 California Avenue
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 885-3400

Klamath Falls Work Center
2819 Dahlia Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

For above fees, dates, hours visit US Foresty: SEE WEBSITE .
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