OwSR No. 15: Illinois River

Kayaks on the Illinois River

Kayaking on the Illinois River below Klondike Creek | Photo: Zach Collier

Quick Facts

  • Managing Agency: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (USFS)
  • Designated Stretch: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Boundary to confluence with Rogue River
  • Designation Length: 50.4 miles (28.7 miles Wild, 17.9 miles Scenic, and 3.8 miles Recreational)
  • Outstanding Remarkable Values: Scenery, recreation, fish, botany, and water quality
  • Wild and Scenic River Designation: October 19, 1984

More Information

Celebrated by Barry McKenzie, Tom Fliss, Matt Curry, Zander Davis, and Zach Collier by paddling from Miami Bar to Oak Flat on April 30 to May 2, 2017.

Stories

Wild Iris on the Illinois RiverZach Collier: My first Illinois trip was as a training guide for ARTA in 2004. I was certainly impressed by it's whitewater and scenery but what really caugh my attention were the flowers. There were many I had never seen and it was nice to once again find Darlingtonia (Pitcher Plants) after seeing them many times before on the North Fork of the Smith River. What really blew me away was finding wild iris. We were doing a short hike across from Collier Creek and found a bunch of iris along the river. I'd never seen an iris growing wildly and now every time I see one I think of that time at Collier Creek.

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