The Klamath Basin is home to a fascinating history. From the Modoc Indian War to logging, massive fires to geological wonders – The history of the Klamath Basin has a captivating story to tell. In this edition of Basin Adventures we explore Collier Memorial State Park. Basin Adventures is sponsored by the Klamath Falls KOA, the adventure base camp of the Klamath Basin.
In Chiloquin, 30 minutes north of Klamath Falls sits the Collier Memorial Logging Museum. Located on both sides of Highway 97, where Spring Creek and the Williamson River convene. Collier Memorial State Park features a campground; outdoor museum of historic logging equipment; relocated pioneer village; and a new four-corral, primitive horse camp and trailhead. This logging museum is run by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department and is full of rare and antique logging equipment dating to the 1880s, as well as more recent pieces.
One of the cornerstone displays is about the role the railroad played in logging. The pioneer village gives you another insight into how these families once lived. You can imagine the rugged woodsmen and the immense task of moving raw timber with innovation and brute force.
The Williamson River and crystal-clear Spring Creek converge in the park. The Williamson River is regionally famous for its quality trout fishery and consistently produces trophy fish. Spring Creek gushes dramatically out of a nearby spring, and then paints a picture-perfect scene as it flows through the park.
Whether you come for the day to visit the logging museum, the pioneer village, or play along Spring Creek or even camp amongst the pines along the Williamson River - you'll discover a grand adventure at Collier. (Oregon State Parks).
The logging museum is open 8am to 4pm (September-May). More information about the Collier Memorial State Park can be found at http://bit.ly/2yCY0rc
Basin Adventures is brought to you by the Klamath Falls KOA. Centrally located in Klamath Falls, the Klamath Falls KOA is the perfect jump-off point to visit all the spectacular recreation sites of the Klamath Basin – Crater Lake National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, wildlife refuges, hiking, biking, fishing and so much more. Visit http://koa.com/campgrounds/klamath/ for more details and to book your next adventure base camp.