Tag: Fishing

On the banks of the Klamath River

On the banks of the Klamath River

The Klamath River is a wonderful place to spend the day. It is accessible off of Highway 66, less than one hour from Ashland, Oregon.

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Grassy meadows, pelicans, the sound of a soothing river. What a wonderful spot to be in for the day with your children. I have come to love the Klamath River and all of it’s tributaries. The fish are abundant as well as the birds. My favorite place to visit this river is close to home, near Keno, Oregon. Topsy Recreational Site is directly above the dam. Migratory birds flock to this region and this is a great spot to enjoy them.

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Hiking along the trails above and below the dam is an adventure in itself. There is an abundance of wildlife and farmland activity. The shallow slopes of the bank and calm beaches above the dam are great for exploration. A wonderful article including a map to this area was provided at Klamath Birding Trails.com.

I enjoy camping off of the Topsy Grade Road above the dam. In the morning, I take the kids to the river bank and we walk the bank of the Klamath River. After lunch, we take a short drive to the J.C. Power Dam and drop below, where the river runs swiftly to take a few casts. This section of the river is famous for it’s cold water … goldfish? Yes, gold fish are a common catch in this area. Check the water conditions above and below the dam to plan your tackle at ODF Topsy Reservoir.

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Tyler Ridgeway and 10″ Goldfish     Photo Courtesy of Brian Northrup

 

 

I have smaller children and it can be challenging to spend any length of time below the dam due to the rocky terrain. This is World Class trout water though and is definitely worth your while to try.

 

 

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Directly below J.C. Boyle Dam

I have smaller children and it can be challenging to spend any length of time below the dam due to the rocky terrain. I return to the milder regions of the river for the afternoon at Topsy Reservoir. This is a great opportunity for a mini-day vacation where you can truly lose yourself in the beauty on the banks of the Klamath River.

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Mary Jane Feetham

 

 

The Wood River – Navigable History

The Wood River – Navigable History

A little less than 2 hours from Medford is the historical town of Fort Klamath. Through that town runs a river, with ancient history and epic scenery.

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The Wood River is not a ripping, thrilling, white water experience. It is a relaxing 18 miles float through a beautiful country side teeming with wild life. The Wood River is clear and cold, and in some sections lack a lot of depth. You may find yourself porting the boat here and there, but it is worth it!

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From the Rogue Valley, take 140 east and turn Left on to the West Side Rd, about 55 miles from Medford. The sign also reads Volcanic Legacy Highway. Fort Klamath is about 18 miles further. The history of the Wood River begins in the old US Calvary Fort built in the late 1880’s. Forth Klamath has some of the most unique old farm buildings I have ever seen. It is now an unincorporated active ranching community. The Wood River is short, about 18 miles from Kimball State Recreation Site, to the Wood River Wetland Area and take out.

The put in, at Kimball State Recreation Site, is located a few miles out of town. It has restrooms and a few camp sites. The river access is easy to drop a boat into and the views begin right away. From the river, views of the Crater Lake rim are present. The Wood River is best known for the fly fishing and bird watching opportunities. I am not an avid bird watcher, but a lot of places in Klamath County, the diversity of wild fowl is spectacular!

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The Wood River meanders around bends through the farm country and forests in the country side. One can do the entire length, or plan a shuttle and be on the water as little as a few hours. A majority of the river is banked by private property, but there are public take outs, such as the Fort Klamath County Park. The Wood River can be paddle boarded, kayaked or coned, but isn’t suitable for bigger boats because of its varying depth.

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As it ends, the Wood River flows into the Wood River Wetlands and then into Agency Lake. This area is worthy of a trip in itself, but bring the bug spray! The Wetlands are 26 miles north of Klamath Falls, off of Modoc Point Rd.

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Contact Christy Snook and Let’s Paddle! of Fort Klamath for awesome rentals and shuttle rates!

 

Mary Jane Feetham

 

 

Lake of the Woods

About 45 minutes from down town Medford, is a wonderland of family adventure opportunities. It is a great place to get away for the day!

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A while back, I was given an opportunity to live on Lake of the Woods for a year. It was then that I realized how many adventures were available year round at our high mountain lakes. I spent the summer sun bathing and swimming. Late summer was time for huckleberry picking. The fall brought on oyster mushrooms and shaggy mane mushrooms and great sunsets. I snowshoed, x-country skied, and sledded the winter away. Spring, like now, is when everything opens back up and gives way to hiking, biking, and some pretty good Rainbow trout fishing as well.

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I take my children hiking on the trails located right off of the resort. They are easy, level, well-marked paths. Our family favorite is the trail between Lake of the Woods and Fish Lake, about 7 miles. It is an epic adventure that takes you through the evidence of volcanic activity from the Mt Mazama eruption, and travels among old growth pines and firs. Excellent food and lake time awaits you either way you go. Both of the lakes boast good food and swimming access at the Resort.

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There are several ways to enjoy Lake of the Woods for free as well. Unless otherwise marked, parking directly off of the road on Forest Service land, not resort property, is perfectly legal. The Forest Service governs the land the lake sits on, from Dead Indian Memorial Hwy to 140 to Brown Mountain Rd. The Resort is well marked and has fee parking within their facility property. The trails can be located out of Rainbow Bay, the Lodge area, and Aspen Point.

 

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Before the summer rush hits, it is a beautiful place to come walk in the woods. Lake of the Woods resort opened May 1st this year, and is now open daily. There is still a few packs of snow here and there, but the winter seems to have melted away, and the roads are in great condition.

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Lake of the Woods is an amazing place to take the children to play in the woods and water.

Mary Jane Feetham