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Illinois River, Gold Beach

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The Illinois River is a tributary, about 56 miles (90 km) long, of the Rogue River in the U.S. state of Oregon. It drains part of the Klamath Mountains in northern California and southwestern Oregon. The river's main stem begins at the confluence of its east and west forks near Cave Junction in southern Josephine County. Its drainage basin includes Sucker Creek, which rises in the Red Buttes Wilderness, near Whiskey Peak on the California state line. The main stem flows generally northwest in a winding course past Kerby and through the Siskiyou National Forest and Kalmiopsis Wilderness. It joins the Rogue River from the south at Agness on the Curry–Josephine county line, 27 miles (43 km) from the Pacific Ocean.

The river's lower 50.4 miles (81.1 km), from where it enters the Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest downstream from Kerby to its confluence with the Rogue River, were designated Wild and Scenic in 1984. Of this, 28.7 miles (46.2 km) is protected as wild, 17.9 miles (28.8 km) as scenic, and 3.8 miles (6.1 km) as recreational.
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  • Turn at O'brian mkt. and keep going down to 6mi. past ranger station 1 spot has a beach and the only shade tree for camping longer term. Big rock to jump from. 1 of 2 protected rivers in Or. Very... 
    Turn at O'brian mkt. and keep going down to 6mi. past ranger station 1 spot has a beach and the only shade tree for camping longer term. Big rock to jump from. 1 of 2 protected rivers in Or. Very...  more »
  • It wasn’t on our to do list on our road trip but we decided to check it out anyways since we were the masters of our road trip lol. Glad we decided to stop because it was simply beautiful. We had a... 
    It wasn’t on our to do list on our road trip but we decided to check it out anyways since we were the masters of our road trip lol. Glad we decided to stop because it was simply beautiful. We had a...  more »
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  • Thank god it's not in Illinois.
  • Beautiful, but the road is sketchy mid way. Drive slowwwwww

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