The list of Oregon places I have never seen is long. It got two items shorter on Wednesday because I got to canoe on the Wood River (that’s one) and visited a sparsely used state park southeast of Crater Lake.
This is Jackson F. Kimball State Park, an 18-acre parcel of pine forest and riverbank. I don’t know what it’s like in the heat of midsummer or when its covered with a foot snow in January. But toward evening of a day in this sunny mid-October, it’s a wonderful place to sit and relax after hours of paddling the Wood River.
The park is at the headwaters of this stream, which bubbles from the rocks as a spring and then winds its way across a plateau surrounded by the volcanic peaks of the south Cascades.
Not many people go to this park. Overrun it is not. The state parks website says annual overnight stays in the 10 primitive camp sites average only 865. And day-time users are fewer than 3,000 a year.
So if you find yourself on the east side on a nice day, maybe heading for Klamath Falls, check out this park. (hh)