About Chemult Sled Dog Races
2013 marks the 52nd anniversary of sled dog racing in Oregon. Races have been held all across our diverse state, from Lake of the Woods to Mt Hood, Joseph to Newport and an array of locations in between. At the center of it all, the quiet town of Chemult has been hosting a sled dog race every winter since 1994. The entire community looks forward to the annual event with local business owners, Forest Service employees and area residents all working together to bring a world class event to north Klamath County.
Over the years, mushers from as far away as Arizona, Michigan and British Columbia have made the trek to compete at one of Oregon’s best kept secrets: the trail system on the Fremont National Forest beginning at the Walt Haring Sno-Park. The competition is non-discriminatory; men and women both contend for a top finish in every class, teenagers race against 60 year olds.
The Real Athletes
The real athletes are the dogs, of course. While a few teams remain true to the traditional Malamutes or Siberian Huskies, the majority of teams are comprised of a husky/hound mix, bred for speed, endurance and a pleasant temperament. These dogs are ready to go! Their enthusiasm is infectious and undeniable; they are doing what they love to do.
Spectators are welcome at the event, admission is free. Please leave the pet dog at home; the racing dogs don’t need any distractions from their task at hand. A food concession in on site and there are special events for the kids including a snowman making contest, a coloring contest and a Peewee race: One kid, one sled, one dog in a 25 yard dash just for the thrill of it.
Chemult, Oregon has a population of about 300 people and its elevation is 4,764 feet (1,452 m). The locale was originally established in 1924 as a station on the Southern Pacific Cascade Line named "Knott" during construction. The station's name was changed to Chemult when the line opened in 1926 and a post office was established the same year. The name Chemult comes from a Klamath chief who was one of the 26 who signed the Klamath Lake Treaty of October 14, 1864.
About Klamath County, Oregon
To learn more about Klamath County Oregon please be sure to visit one of these sites
- KlamathCommunity.com — General info about Klamath County's community and the people who live, work and play here.
- DiscoverKlamath.com — Klamath County's official tourism organization
- Klamath.org — Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
- ThingsToDoNearCraterLake.com — Activities and events in Northern Klamath County
Crater Lake Photo provided by Larry Turner