Sled Dog Races in Oregon ~ A Great Way to Celebrate Winter!

Sled Dog Races in Oregon, a great way to celebrate winter.  Photo courtesy of 2005 International Dog-Sled Races The infectious enthusiasm and energy of sled dogs will be seen and heard by young and old spectators alike at two different Oregon Sled Dog events.  This year’s Annual Chemult Sled Dog Races, January 15 & 16, is particularly special as it marks 50 years of sled dog racing in Oregon.  And this week it's time for Eagle Cap Extreme which starts this Thursday, January 6th at the Ferguson Ridge Ski Areaoutside of Joseph Oregon.  The every popular veterinary checks for sled dogs takes place at 9 am on Main Street in Joseph.

Sled Dog Races are a great opportunity for everyone to experience the excitement of competitive sled dog racing.  Mushers come from as far away as Arizona, Michigan and British Columbia to compete.

The Chemult Races will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day and conclude sometime around mid-afternoon at the Walt Haring Sno-Park. The schedule consists of six sled dog races and two Skijoring races (cross-country skier pulled by 1-2 dogs). Walt Haring Sno-Park is located one-quarter mile north of Chemult, Ore., on Highway 97.

For a lodging option near Chemult, choose Lonesome Duck Ranch and Resort just down the road in Chiloquin.   Lonesome Duck Ranch & Resort is tucked away in southern Oregon, just north of Klamath Falls and less than an hour from Crater Lake National Park and offers beautiful vacation guest houses.

In Joseph Oregon this year there are more opportunities for the public to spend time with the mushers of the Eagle Cap Extreme:
  • Wednesday, Jan 5th, 6 pm, Joseph Community Center.  Mushers Potluck (you can bring something or pick up some food at the local Mt. Joseph Family Foods grocery).  The Wallowa Avalanche Center will provide a program at 7 pm.
  • Thursday, Jan 6th, 1 pm, Ferguson Ridge Ski Area.  Race starts!  Colorful excitement of flags, winter gear, and dogs ready to pull sleds.  There will be shuttle buses available leaving from Joseph at 10:45 am.
  • Thursday, Jan 6th, 2 pm-4 pm (estimate), Salt Creek Summit Snow Park.  See the teams as they head into the Wallowa Mountains.  Bring your snowshoes and cross-country skis for a better view.
  • Friday, Jan 7th & Sat, Jan 8th, Fergi.  Watch the 100- and 200-mile teams arrive.
  • Saturday, Jan 8th, 5:30 pm, Joseph Community Center.  "Tales from the Trails" dinner (tickets $20).  Enjoy dinner, see award presentations and hear the tales from the trails.
You can find out more about this annual Joseph Oregon event at the Eagle Cap Extreme website.

If you're still looking for somewhere to stay for your sled dog fix, the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast has plenty of room available. A delightful, award-winning B&B located in Joseph, the premiere art colony town of Eastern Oregon.  Walking distance to local art galleries, restaurants and unique shops.  Nearby are Wallowa Lake, Hells Canyon Scenic Byway and the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  Snowshoeing, backcountry skiing and snowmobiling are popular winter activities. 

Both Lonesome Duck and the Bronze Antler are distinguished members of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.

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