Oregon Route 31

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For the unsigned Highway 31, see Albany-Corvallis Highway.

Oregon Route 31 marker

Oregon Route 31
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 120.57 mi (194.04 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 395.svg US 395 in Valley Falls
North end: US 97.svg US 97 near La Pine
Highway system
US 30 OR 34

Oregon Route 31 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Oregon that runs between the Central Oregon cities of La Pine and Lakeview. It consists of most of the Fremont Highway No. 19 (see Oregon highways and routes), named after John C. Frémont. The entire length of OR 31 is part of the Outback Scenic Byway, though the byway extends further south beyond the end of OR 31, to the California border.

Route description[edit]

Northern terminus of OR 31 looking south

Oregon 31 runs northwest-southeast, but is signed north–south. It is a two-lane rural road for its entire length. The northern terminus of the highway is at an intersection with U.S. Route 97 south of the city of La Pine. From there, the highway heads southeast, passing near the natural attractions of Big Hole, Hole-in-the-Ground, and Fort Rock State Natural Area. The route turns briefly east, passing by Paulina Marsh and Silver Lake and through the community of Silver Lake; it then turns south, goes over Picture Rock Pass, and passes by the Summer Lake Wildlife Area, then through the community of Summer Lake and by the lake of the same name. The road then runs east near the south shore of Summer Lake, then southeast through Paisley. Near the southern end of Abert Lake, and north of Lakeview, the highway ends at an intersection with U.S. Route 395.

A previous routing from a 1916 map shows the highway's northern terminus near Millican on U.S. 20, proceeding down Forest Road 25, then down Forest Road 18/Cabin Lake Road to the community of Fort Rock and continuing south on Pitcher Lane and Picture Lane to Silver Lake.[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

Note: mileposts do not reflect actual mileage due to realignments.
County Location Mile[1] Destinations Notes
Lake Valley Falls 120.57 US 395 – Lakeview, Reno, Wagontire, Burns
Deschutes La Pine 0.00 US 97 – Crescent, Klamath Falls, La Pine, Bend

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oregon Department of Transportation, Public Road Inventory (primarily the Digital Video Log), accessed April 2008

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