Maple Leaf Motel is the perfect base camp for recreation and sightseeing in the Rogue Valley. Visit downtown Shady Cove, only a mile down the road, for restaurants, groceries, and places to sign up for rafting tours.
Many of our guests are visiting Crater Lake – 45 miles from here. The Rogue River itself is only minutes away. But there is so much more outdoor beauty and recreation opportunities nearby.
We’ve listed a few of our favorites below.
The Rogue River
The River is the defining presence in our Rogue Valley. There are all sorts of outdoor activities on it and around it – salmon and steelhead fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, camping, hiking, swimming, picnicking, wildlife viewing, sun bathing and even gold panning.
From Maple Leaf Motel, just continue on Hwy. 62 and you’ll find multiple places to where you can access the River.
Lost Creek Lake
Just 15 miles down the road from Maple Leaf Motel, Lost Creek Lake, in the Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area, offers great fishing and boating opportunites. There’s also a day use/picnic area.
On the way, you might tour the Cole Rivers Hatchery if you’re a trout and steelhead fan.
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake is known for the deep blue color clarity of its water. It is the deepest lake in the United States.
“Crater Lake must be seen to be appreciated properly. Photographs simply cannot depict the majesty of the lake in its setting, the depth of the blue.”
— Thomas J. Williams, Crater Lake Superintendent, 1954 to 1959
When you’re done taking photos, there’s lots to do at the park: drive or cycle the Rim Drive; visit the Lodge, boat to Wizard Island, hiking, exploring, swimming, camping and more.
First-time Rogue Valley visitors see them and say, “What’s that?!”
They are Upper and Lower Table Rock, 2 volcanic plateaus, the eroded remnants of ancient lava flows.
You can hike to the top; Upper Table Rock is the easier hike. At the top, the flat mesa is home to over 340 species of plants, all kinds of animals, and lots of birds. And the breathtaking view is definitely worth the hike.
For Waterfall Lovers
Maple Leaf Motel makes an ideal starting point for a waterfall tour. Some are easy to access, others require a hike.
Prospect Falls; Rogue River Gorge, Natural Bridge Falls; Barr Creek Falls; Mill Creek Falls; Knob Falls; Pearsoney Falls; Butte Falls; Plaikni Falls; Toketee Falls.
Many falls are active year round but for the best gushing roar, plan your tour in the Spring.