It's perfect! Why don't you take a little walk to the river while I set up the table for lunch?
A quick check to make sure we didn't leave anything behind and to see that we leave the area as neat or neater than we found it. :)
Next we'll cross back over the river and head into an area that a bit more wild, about 30 miles away ~ then back again towards home.
There are plenty of camp grounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and launch ramps along the way. Here are a couple of vistas that you might like...
Here's a small powerboat; looks like he has just made a turn-around... let's watch.
Parts of several movies have been filmed in this particular area ~ most notably John Wayne's "Rooster Cogburn", "A River Wild", starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon, it was also filmed in a scene from the old TV series "Gunsmoke"~ James Arness, as Marshal Matt Dillon took a dive into icy waters at the canyon while escaping from outlaws.
Hellgate Canyon was named by early settlers who watched violent floodwaters tear through the rugged terrain during spring.
Highly maneuverable the inflatable "Tahiti" kayaks are immensely popular on the rivers. The river here is suitable for beginners or intermediate rafters, up ahead much more challenging waters challenge the more experienced.
I never tire of these views of the Rogue as it winds it's way to the Pacific (just beyond those mountains in the distance.)
We'll be crossing the ravine up ahead by going over that little yellow bridge you see there.
In a little while we'll come to this pretty park and campground, voted as one of the favorites in Oregon. It's Indian Mary Park, the smallest Native American reservation ever created. For the more information and history of the park you can find it at the
Here we are ~ plenty of easy river access and welcome shade!
And now we'll head back towards the house; going over one more bridge where we see the magnificent site of an Osprey family nest.
The jet boats always slow down around launching ramps, docks, and near popular fishing banks along the river out of courtesy and safety for others.
We'll just head on down the road towards home, it's a really pretty forested drive.
Well, here we are...
Oh, the day seems to have gone so quickly, I hope you enjoyed our afternoon outing today, I had fun showing you a little bit of my world.