Wild in the Willamette

Wild in the Willamette

Exploring the Mid-Valley's Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas

Book - 2015
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Located between the population centers of Portland and Eugene, Oregon's Willamette Valley boasts rich opportunities for outdoor recreation that are too often overlooked. Wild in the Willamette is a guidebook to the natural treasures of the mid-Willamette Valley, extending far beyond the familiar I-5 corridor. Sprinkled with natural history sidebars and infused with essays by notable local authors, it aims to connect residents and visitors with the best hiking, biking, and paddling opportunities the mid-Valley offers.

With a special focus on seven watersheds--the Marys, Calapooia, South Santiam, North Santiam, Luckiamute, Yamhill, and Pudding--as well as the middle portion of the main stem Willamette River, the book describes a range of outings at different levels of challenge. Families with young children, day hikers, long-distance backpackers, kayakers, canoeists, bird watchers, and cyclists alike will find ideas for spending a satisfying afternoon or venturing outside for a multiday trip.

Whether choosing a wheelchair-accessible trail, a rugged hike in a wilderness area, a dip in a rocky swimming hole, a paddle on the broad Willamette, or a bike ride through farmland--whether lifetime residents or week-long visitors--outdoor enthusiasts will benefit from detailed notes on the history and ecology of this special place. Armchair travelers will also find reward in the book's literary and natural history offerings.

Generously illustrated with maps and keys to the area's many attractions, Wild in the Willamette is an essential guide to the natural wonders of Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley.
Publisher: Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780870717802
0870717804
Branch Call Number: 796.51097 W6437 2015
Characteristics: xxi, 306 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm

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