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Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site
Oregon State Parks
Type Public, state
Location Klamath County, Oregon, USA
42°44′11″N 121°58′38″W / 42.736405°N 121.977087°W / 42.736405; -121.977087Coordinates: 42°44′11″N 121°58′38″W / 42.736405°N 121.977087°W / 42.736405; -121.977087
Size 19 acres (77,000 m2)
Operated by Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department

Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site is a state park in southern Oregon. The park is operated and maintained by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. It is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Crater Lake National Park and 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Fort Klamath. The park was established in 1955, and covers 19 acres (77,000 m2) including the headwaters of the Wood River.

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History

In 1943, the State of Oregon purchased 14,450 acres (58.5 km2) near Sun Mountain to establish Sun Pass State Forest. Additional land was added to the forest in 1944, 1947, and 1948. In 1955, the Oregon Board of Forestry deeded 19 acres (77,000 m2) of Sun Pass land to the Oregon State Highway Division to create Jackson F. Kimball State Park. The park was named after Jackson F. Kimball, a district forest warden for the Klamath-Lake Forest Protective Association.[1] The park was officially renamed the Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site in 2004.

Jackson Kimball was born in Maine probably in 1874. In 1905 Kimball began working for the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. While he worked for Weyerhaeuser, Kimball also acted as agent or broker for the several smaller timber companies, and was a trustee of the American National Bank of Klamath Falls. He spent considerable time in Salem lobbying the Oregon Legislature on behalf of the timber industry. Kimball began his associated with the Klamath-Lake Counties Forest Fire Association, the forerunner of the Klamath Forest Protective Association, in 1908. He remained active in the association until his death in 1944.[2]

Recreation

Kimball State Recreation Site covers 19 acres

Visitors to Kimball State Recreation Site can camp or picnic and enjoy water activities like fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. A short trail connects the main campground to the Wood River’s headwaters spring site.[3]

The park has ten primitive camping near the headwater lagoon of the Wood River. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The park has primitive-toilet facilities, but potable water is not available in the park. Campground quiet hours begin at 10 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. Use park permits cost $9 during the summer season and $5 the rest of the year.[3]

There is a popular horse trail that begins at Collier Memorial State Park that leads through the forest to Kimball State Recreation Site. Riders must make a round trip from Collier State Park since there are no horse corrals at Kimball Recreation Site.[4]

Wood River

Kayaking on Wood River near Kimball State Park

The Wood River headwaters emanating from a spring located in Kimball State Recreation Site. The aquifer that feeds the spring is believed to originate twenty miles (32 km) northeast of the park on the east side drainage of Crater Lake National Park. Wood River meanders through pine forest and agricultural land for ten miles (16 km) before flowing into Agency Lake. The park itself is forested with ponderosa pine and lodgepole pine with some quaking aspen.[3][5]

Wood River offers fine fishing that can be accessed from the shore or by canoe or kayak. Brook, brown, and rainbow trout are found in the Wood River and its tributaries.[5] In addition, Bureau of Land Management biologist have found native redband trout in the Wood River between the Kimball State Recreation Site and the confluence of Annie Creek about a mile downstream from the park.[6]

Access

The area in the Cascade Mountains around the park experiences cold winters with significant snowfall. Summers are generally dry with warm temperatures. The park’s elevation is 4,211 feet (1,284 m) above sea level. It is usually opens in mid-April weather permitting. However, in some years deep winter snowfalls can delay the park’s opening until June. After the summer visitor season slacks off, the park usually closes in October.[3]

The Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site located just off of Highway 232, approximately 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Crater Lake National Park, and 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Fort Klamath. The parks approximately 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Klamath Falls, Oregon.[3]

References

  1. ^ Brown, Jame E. (Oregon State Forester) and Roy Woo (Klamath-Lake District Forester), "Section I, Background and Planning Process", Eastern Oregon Region Long-Range Forest Management Plan, Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem, Oregon, May 1995.
  2. ^ Drew, Harry J., Weyerhaeuser Company: A History of People, Land and Growth, Weyerhaeuser Company, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 1979. (Oregon State Library Archives and Records Management Program)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site", Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon.gov, 21 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Collier Memorial State Park", Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon.gov, 23 May 2008.
  5. ^ a b Brown, James E. (Oregon State Forester) and Roy Woo (Klamath-Lake District Forester), "Section III, Resource Description", Eastern Oregon Region Long-Range Forest Management Plan, Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem, Oregon, May 1995.
  6. ^ Wood River Wetland Monitoring Report 2003-2005, Klamath resource Area, Bureau of Land Management, United States Department of Interior, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 2005.

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