Illinois River Forks State Park

Near Medford, Oregon, United States

Heading to or from the Oregon coast or the giant redwoods on Hwy. 199, you may want to stop for a picnic at this lovely day-use park. Located at the confluence of the east and west forks of the Illinois River, the park offers picnic tables and restrooms (vault toilet). There is a short walking trail near the picnic area and a 9-hole disc golf course. The Illinois Valley is a unique geologic area with many rare plants. Visit here to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Know Before You Go

  • Do not swim, float, paddle or boat without a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket, and making sure it fits properly, saves lives. 
  • A life jacket loaner station at Heritage Landing, with life jackets of various sizes available. 
  • Boaters: check ahead for obstructions on the Oregon State Marine Board's Reported Obstructions and Alerts page.
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-582-3128
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Questions

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Where is the horseback riding?

The Horseback riding trail is located at the West Forks Trail system just 3 miles outside of Kerby.

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Are pets allowed?

Yes, pets are allowed at this park. Please bring a bag for cleaning up after your pet and keep on a leash at all times.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

The original tracts were purchased in 1961, with an 80-acre lease obtained from the Bureau of Land Management in 1962. Generous gifts from Margaret McGee in 1976 and 1977 brought the park to its present size. Illinois River was so named because the Althouse brothers of Illinois found gold in the river after migrating to Oregon in 1849.

 

Invigorated by a tremendous community effort to re-open and renovate Illinois River Forks State Park, a collaborative Adopt-a-Park agreement between key community partners, volunteers, Illinois Valley Community Development Organization and OPRD was finalized in 2012.

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