Aptly named for the striking blue color of its rocky bed, Blue River is a charming community located at the confluence of the Blue and McKenzie rivers in the Willamette National Forest. It’s home to the Belknap Covered Bridge and the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, as well as cozy mountain cottages, reservoirs and prime fishing spots. Use Blue River as your hub for golfing, rafting, hiking and easy access to the McKenzie River Trail.
an Oregon StoryGold Panning in Oregon
It was 1851 when prospectors first found gold in Southern Oregon and Gold Rush fever swept through the state. Big, shiny nuggets first turned up in and around Josephine Creek and on the Illinois, Applegate and Rogue rivers, including near the town…Continue reading this story…