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Explore the Rogue: Springs in Summer
August 17 @ 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Join RRWC Board Member Bob Jones and Medford Water Commission Watershed Administrator Craig Harper on a 4-hour tour of the beautiful springs and waterfalls in the Upper Rogue River Basin. Explore Whiskey Springs near Mt. McLoughlin, Fourbit Creek, Willow Lake, and Big Butte Springs – all in the Medford Municipal Watershed, source of drinking water for 140,000 people in the Rogue Valley. Big Butte Springs is closed to the public, so this will be a special opportunity to see the springs and hear about the geology and history of this pristine water source. The tour will end with views of Butte Falls – the town and the waterfall (yes, there are falls in Butte Falls). We will take several short, guided hikes during the tour.
Carpooling to the site is strongly encouraged. Those wishing to carpool from the Medford area will meet up at the Dollar Store in White City (off Hwy. 140/ Crater Lake Hwy) at 8:00 am, with departure by 8:10. Alternatively, meet us at the day use area at Whiskey Springs Campground (off Butte Falls – Fish Lake Hwy./County Road 821) at 9:00.
Donations to the RRWC are encouraged and accepted through the RRWC website
A short hike to Whiskey Springs at 9:00 am, Fourbit Creek at 9:45 am, Willow Lake around 10:30 am, Big Butte Springs at 11:00 am, Butte Falls at 12:00 noon, and back to White City by 1:00 or 1:30 pm.
What to bring:
- lunch and/or substantial snack
- hiking boots
- long-sleeved, loose fitting shirt
- long pants
- sun hat
- sun screen
- insect repellent
Tour limited to 15 people. Be sure to register today!
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