July’s Featured Park: Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin, OR
Located 30 miles north of Klamath Falls on Highway 97, Collier Memorial State Park includes a campground, logging museum, and multiple day-use sites on forestland along the Williamson river. The campground is still closed while undergoing repair from wildfire damage last year. In addition to the museum, there are two day-use sites that have reopened since the fire. Williamson River and Spring Creek areas offer picnic areas, hiking trails, and opportunities for fishing and kayaking. The logging museum was opened in 1947 and offers visitors a close-up look at the history of logging with a large collection of logging equipment and artifacts.
Oregon Parks Forever provided funds to renovate the Collier Memorial State Park Logging Museum in 2004. The funds provided to the Collier State Park Logging Museum in 2004 were used to restore and preserve equipment, construct new displays and install a kiosk with interpretive materials. In 2020, this museum was threatened by wildfires that had already damaged much of the Collier Memorial State Park land. With much work, fire crews were able to preserve the buildings. While some equipment was damaged, park staff is optimistic that items are not beyond repair. Overall, Collier State Park was severely impacted by the wildfires and wind storms, losing approximately 400 acres of ponderosa pines
Collier State Park is one of the first Oregon parks to receive funds from Oregon Parks Forever for replanting forest areas damaged by the wildfires.