Biking and hiking
Outdoor recreation in and around Corvallis is exceptional! From mountain biking and hiking on a network of forest trails to designated bike paths on most major roads and around campus, Corvallis is just waiting to be explored. Ribbons of bikeways ring Corvallis, hugging the edge of the Willamette River, heading west to Philomath and beyond. Bike paths and designated bike lanes stretch 55 miles in and around the city. Information is available through the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department, 1310 SW Avery Park Dr., 541-766-6918, or from the Corvallis Tourism Office, 553 NW Harrison Blvd., 541-757-1544.
The Corvallis area offers a wonderful variety of fishing opportunies within a day's drive. From flyfishing to saltwater, there are lakes, streams, rivers and the Pacific ocean that hold fish and can keep you fishing year-round.
At the coast, there are Chinook and coho salmon fisheries, as well as steelhead, in the ocean, bays, and rivers. Beginning in June or July and running through November, catch that 50 pound Chinook or feisty coho in the ocean, bays, or rivers. Trolling or bobber fishing are common for the salmon, and drift fishing or casting spinners are two effective techniques for steelhead. As a former guide for salmon, Tom can give you expert advice where, when and how to target your favorite species.
And don’t forget the trout. From the Cascades to the Coast Range, the numerous streams hold rainbows, browns cutthroat and Dolly Varden.
Fun fishing links
Skiing and snowboarding
The closest area to Corvallis is Hoodoo Ski Bowl, about 85 miles to the east in the picturesque Cascade Mountains. Hoodoo Ski Area sits on the summit of Oregon’s Santiam Pass and is Oregon’s most centrally located destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Just 44 miles west of Bend, offers more than 800 acres of terrain, 32 runs, five lifts and one of the largest tubing parks in the West. Founded in 1938, Hoodoo is Central Oregon’s original ski area and a great destination for family friendly winter fun in your backyard!
Near Bend, Mt. Bachelor is one of the premier areas in the US. With over 3,000 acres of lift-accessible terrain, you won’t want to pass up a trip to the ski resort with the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington! Mt. Bachelor, located on the eastern flanks of Oregon’s Central Cascades, is known for its light, dry snow, diverse terrain, family-friendliness and long seasons.
Willamette Pass Resort is located only 66 miles from Eugene, Oregon. With 29 fun and exciting downhill runs, a vertical drop of 1,563 feet, and six lifts, including the state’s only high speed six pack; Willamette Pass offers a wide variety of activities the whole family will enjoy. From downhill skiing and snowboarding to snow tubing and 20 km worth of Nordic trails, they cater to skiers and riders of all abilities and offer them the chance to experience big mountain terrain in a small mountain atmosphere.
Ski resort information