Excellent Freight Corridor
Major Highways: Three highways converge at Klamath Falls: U.S. Route 97 (north to Bend, south to Weed / I-5), Oregon Route 140 (east to Nevada, west to Medford), and Oregon Route 39 (south to California, en route to Reno, Nevada). All three highways are well maintained all year long, with Highway 97 being the primary corridor east of the Cascade Mountain Range connecting Northern California to Oregon and Washington.
Rail: The Klamath Falls rail yard provides switching, rail car storage, and locomotive repair. BSNF and UP rail connect Klamath Falls to all major western markets, facilitating the efficient shipping of products and materials.
Klamath Falls is serviced twice daily by the Amtrak Coast Starlight route that runs between Los Angeles and Seattle.
Airport: The Crater Lake – Klamath Regional Airport is strategically located halfway between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California on the east side of the Cascade mountains. The airport has two runways (10,301′ and 5,260′), a control tower (attended 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. PST) and on-field services including fueling, ramp space, maintenance and repair. Amenities such as car rentals, restaurant and meeting space are also available. The Crater Lake – Klamath Regional Airport is home to the Oregon Air National Guard 173rd Fighter Wing as well as a U.S. Forest Service Tanker Base, helicopter and fixed wing flight schools and cargo operations. The Airport has developable land for both aviation and non-aviation uses with most parcels already having on-site utilities that include electricity, water, gas, sewer, telephone and fiber optics.
Crater Lake – Klamath Regional Airport has been serviced over the years by various airlines including United Express, SkyWest and Horizon Air. PenAir, one of Alaska’s largest regional airlines, announced in 2015 its intent to provide daily air service between Klamath Falls, OR and Portland, OR, pending the re-establishment of TSA security procedures. Currently commercial passenger air service is in Medford, 80 minutes west at the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport.
Geothermal Heat & Solar
The city of Klamath Falls is located in a Known Geothermal Resource Area (KGRA), which provides our area with a valuable renewable energy source. Many area homes, businesses, schools and other institutions have been geothermally heated since the early 1900s.
Today, we have a geothermal district with a heating system that melts snow and ice on our downtown sidewalks and crosswalks, heats our year-round outdoor city pool, and provides low-cost heat to numerous buildings. In 2003 the control system was upgraded to modern digital controls. Geothermal infrastructure is also installed and available as part of basic utilities at the Timbermill Shores development along Lake Ewana.
For several decades the Oregon Tech campus has been heated completely by geothermal water. Today this vast geothermal resource is being used in a 1.75-megawatt combined heat and power plant to provide electricity to the campus. Oregon Tech became the first university in North America to generate nearly all of its own electrical power for the campus when they completed the 1.75 MW geothermal power plant and the 2.0 MW solar array project.