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Featured Communities in the Klamath-Siskiyou

The Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion surrounding our communities in southern Oregon and northern California is essential to our quality of life.

This area contains the largest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the United States, providing us with clean and fresh drinking water.   Tourists drawn to the area by its awe-inspiring beauty and world-class recreational opportunities add to the economic vitality of our communities.

Explore the Klamath-Siskiyou and discover what keeps people coming back.


Hiouchi, California

Gateway to the Smith River National Recreation Area

smith river nraSmith River National Recreation Area
Photo Courtesy of Grants Pass Tourism
Hiouchi is a very small town nestled along the Smith River in Northern California. Its remarkable location is at the intersection of the Redwood National and State Parks and the Smith River National Recreation Area.  This makes Hiouchi a perfect jump-off point for world-class recreation opportunities year-round.

The Smith River boasts 315 miles of federally-designated Wild and Scenic River and some of the best fishing in the U.S. for steelhead trout, Chinook salmon and other game fish. In the summer, the river’s clear, clean water is perfect for swimming, rafting, and fishing. And the forested mountainsides provide opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, bird watching, and wildflower walks.

The Smith River runs through the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, with 20 miles of hiking and nature trails, river access and a visitor center. To visit Stout Grove, take Highway 199 one mile west of Hiouchi and turn onto Howland Hill Road (trailers not advised).  This area provides fabulous opportunities for gazing at the redwoods. See the Mystic Corridor video for details.


Shady Cove, Oregon

Gateway to Crater Lake National Park

Shady Cove is nestled along the beautiful Rogue River on Highway 62. This cozy town is often referred to as the “Gateway to Crater Lake National Park”and is only a 40 minute drive from this famous destination.

However, Shady Cove is a gateway to much more than the National Park alone.  It is the perfect starting point for recreating on and around the majestic Upper Rogue River, whether you’re  looking for a quiet getaway or an adventure-packed vacation.

The area surrounding the town provides endless opportunities for scenic drives, fishing, whitewater rafting, camping, and hiking on the multitude of trails.  There is also Lost Lake, with 30 miles of shoreline for families to enjoy.

And let’s not forget the town’s casual and fine-dining options, unique gift shops and retail stores, as well as its wine tasting rooms.

The small community of Shady Cove was incorporated as a city in 1972, at which point Ray Briggs (often referred to as “Mr. Shady Cove”) became the city’s first mayor.  Mr. Briggs appointed two women, Annie Briggs and Faye Thompson, to the Planning Commission.  Faye and Annie developed a tree-planting project to replenish the forest that was lost in the devastating flood of 1964  and adopted the slogan, “Make Shady Cove Shady.” The healthy stands of forty year-old Pine trees that resulted from Faye’s efforts can still be enjoyed today.

Stop by and enjoy the beauty of Shady Cove any time of year.  Maybe even catch the Daffodil Daze Festival in the spring, the Tie Days River Fest in honor of Father’s Day, or the SPAM Festival in June!

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