Hiker’s Paradise in the Opal Creek Wilderness

Many have played for hours in the sun at Three Pools, the popular swimming hole in the Opal Creek Wilderness. But there’s plenty more in this 35,000-acre recreation area to discover. Definitely off the beaten path, this lush hiker’s paradise is about 90 minutes east of Silver Falls, deep in the Willamette National Forest off Highway 22…

: Opal Creek Wilderness by Nickie Bournias


The Willamette Valley town of Detroit offers myriad ways for immersion in watery fun.

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area offers boating, fishing, swimming, camping and hiking. North Santiam River provides white-knuckle white-water kayaking, while Breitenbush Hot Springs adds a tranquil soaking option. Even the local bike route has a watery theme: Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway, a breathtaking, 70-mile route past rivers, waterfalls and lakes. Take the plunge in Detroit.

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Where are some good spots for a scenic Oregon camping and fishing trip?

Thanks for the question! As you can imagine there are a ton of great places to camp and fish in Oregon. The following is a list of my favorites based on region. Coast: Gold Beach or Loon Lake near Reedsport. There are some really cool coastal campgrounds in both locations. Tugman State Park and Umpqua Lighthouse…

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