Southern Deschutes County is 4 Seasons Recreation
La Pine & surrounding area are a hub for things to do & see in all directions. SOUTH is Crater Lake, of course. WEST is 66 mile loop (great for motorcycles) Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway with reservoirs & over a dozen lakes for fishing, boating, sightseeing, or lunch. The drive (south to north)has stunning views of the volcanic Cascade Mountains. You can ride the ski lift at Mt. Bachelor at the north end - views & exciting!
But the best thing La Pine offers is Newberry Ntl. Monument, just NORTH of the little city (2 grocery stores). Like Crater Lake but with more cool things to do. Walk in acres of black glass obsidian. Drive to Paulina Peak for a 360 view at elevation 8000' overlooking East Lake & Paulina Lake, both good fishing. Miles of hiking, hidden hot springs. Cabins & Lodges are there or at Hwy 97 intersection. Winter snowmobiling has beautiful scenery, and rentals are in La Pine.
EAST is a geologist's dream with neat volcanic features and Fort Rock archaeology site. 50 miles to the "Cowboy Dinner Tree" Restaurant, out in the desert, literally (no electricity, no credit cards, no kidding). lol
La Pine has an inexpensive & competitive Golf Course, and they host fun events like July 4th Fair & Rodeo. Some are fundraising events, like a summer music & arts festival to raise $ for medical research.
La Pine is friendly small town charm. Check it out. For folks from the south, Hwy 97 is a prettier alternative to Hwy 5 on the way to Portland, through Bend (which is also a a nice stop).
Gloria | La Pine, OR