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Illinois River

Address: Gold Beach, OR
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Ranked #9 of 16 Attractions in Gold Beach
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: White-water rafting, Kayaking
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Owner description: A challenging river with scenery second to none.
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Hermitage, Tennessee
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

After a visit to Oregon Caves our group of 6 were looking for a place to swim on a hot afternoon. We stumbled upon a perfect swimming hole just before a small waterfall off of Eight Dollar Road between Selma and Cave Junction. This Illinois River location was perfect. Park in a small camping area and follow your nose on... More

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Portland, Oregon
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Spent 4 days at a primitive N.F. campground at the end of the road along the river from Selma and had a great time. Lots of sunshine and wildflowers. Miami Bar is a suberb little beach. We saw a bald eagle, lots of butterflies and a swimming snake there. Nice hikes in the area, too. Road gets rough near the... More

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Cave Junction, Oregon
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a beautiful and underused site tucked away, but very convenient to the main highway through the Illinois Valley (Cave Junction). There are picnic and restroom facilities, but alas the State Park system is about to give up maintenance.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

This is one of the most beautiful rivers in Southern Oregon. Sometimes the kids disrespect it by not cleaning up their garbage, but the state works hard to keep up. It is beautiful and the water is an incredible Emerald Green. Great swim holes. Just watch the sankes in the summer.

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Eugene, Oregon
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Scenic, clean, accessible, nice area to spend a little time.

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Oregon Coast
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787 reviews 787 reviews
284 attraction reviews
2,062 helpful votes 2,062 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2010

The Illinois River empties into the larger Rogue River at the tiny town of Agness, about one hours' drive east of Gold Beach. We drove along the Rogue River in summer and it is a pleasant drive, although there are stretches where we could not see the river. To reach the Illinois River, turn southeast on Oak Flat Road at... More

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