The charming community of Blue River sits on the northern bank of the McKenzie River, about 40 miles east of Eugene. Named for the striking blue color of the rocky bed, Blue River is home to the Belknap Covered Bridge, cozy mountain cottages, reservoirs and prime fishing hotspots. Use Blue River as your hub for golfing, whitewater rafting, hiking and access to the McKenzie River Trail. Take your adventures to new heights at the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute.
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…