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Winter in Wood River Valley

I’ve shared a lot of pictures from Montana. In fact, most of the pictures I’ve shared have been from here. I’ve shared only a few from Oregon, and those were appropriate because I was born in Oregon and grew up at Crater Lake. Crater Lake will always be home. However, I spent a great deal of time in my youth in Wood River Valley.

Wood River Valley is the nearest valley to the south entrance to the national park. There are actually a lot of streams that enter the valley that are tributaries of Wood River, which flows into Klamath Lake. There is only one town in the valley and it is smaller than the one where I presently live. It is called Fort Klamath, named after an old Army Cavalry fort that used to exist and this is a cattle town with seldom more than 200 people living in the town or in the entire valley. 

The nearest bigger town, about 800 people, is Chiloquin, named after a Chief of the Klamath Indian tribe and which exists right next to the Klamath Indian Reservation. Chiloquin is over 20 miles from Fort Klamath. It was the proximity to the reservation that Ft. Klamath was built.

I thought it might be neat to share some pictures from Wood River Valley, most of which were taken this month. If I’m not mistaken, I’ve stated that one thing I love about where I currently live is that it bears a striking resemblance to the area I was used to when I was growing up. These pictures bear that out; some of them anyway. The difference is that Fort Klamath is in the Cascade Mountains and I currently live in the Rocky Mountains. The Cascades are volcanic and the Rockies aren’t.

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Written by Rex Trulove

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