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Road Trippin' : Family Fun

Trish Glose/KTVL

MEDFORD, Ore. -- What started out as a small fishing lodge in 1922 has turned into quite the adventure for families. Diamond Lake was discovered by John Diamond, but a local family put the lodge in motion.

"It started out with the Howard family in 1922, it was established then and part of the original lodge is still here," Brandy Purkett says about the resort's beginnings. Purkett started snowmobiling with her family at the resort at age 3. She began working there as a teenager. Twenty years later, she's now on the marketing events team.

"It's beautiful, the lake is beautiful, we have Bailey... waking up to this every morning and then on the other side we have Mount Thielsen," Purkett said about her surroundings.

While there isn't a lot of snow at Diamond Lake right now, Purkett says that isn't slowing down the winter activities. She says the fishing is excellent right now and as long as there's enough snow, the tubing hill and conveyer system are still running. There's also snow-shoeing, skiing, cross country skiing, 4-wheeling on lower trails and snowmobiling on the upper trails.

The resort has come a long way since 1922, but Purkett says one thing that hasn't changed, is the central theme of family.

"This is a great family oriented place. Our resort is run by family, we are a family here and that's what we really like to promote here."

All of the resort's winter and summer activities are listed on its website. You can also find more information about lodging, how to get there and other special offers.

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