Jackson F Kimball State Recreation Site

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Fifteen miles south of the north entrance of Crater Lake is a little state park, known as Jackson F Kimball State Recreation Site. You can get there by traveling southeast on “Crater Lake Highway” (Route 62) for 14 miles, and then turning left on Dixon Road. Go to the end of Dixon Road and turn left. It will be hard to miss at this point:

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Jackson F. Kimball is essentially the headwaters of Wood River. The river originally gushes straight from an underground spring:

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It forms a pond surrounded by trees:

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One curious aspect of this pond is its surface, which (or so I am told) features very unique color when the light is right. It was sunny and cloudless when I was there, and I’m not sure it was quite an interesting as it could be under more advantageous light:

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One thing else to note: some of those trees and bushes are deciduous, which means this could be an excellent fall color location as well.