Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin

4.8
#74 of 210 in Nature in Oregon
Collier Memorial State Park is a state park in southern Oregon. The park is operated and maintained by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. It is located on U.S. Highway 97, approximately 30mi north of Klamath Falls and 105mi south of Bend. The park covers along the Williamson River.HistoryThe park was established in 1945 when two brothers from Klamath Falls, Alfred and Andrew Collier, donated to the state of Oregon. The land was to be used for a park honoring their parents, Charles Morse Collier and Janet McCornack Collier.In 1947, the Collier brothers donated a collection of antique logging equipment to be displayed as an outdoor logging museum on the park grounds. The equipment shows the evolution of the logging industry from axes and oxen to diesel tractors and logging trucks. The museum also highlights the role railroads played in developing the timber industry. Alfred Collier continued to add to the collection until his death in 1988. As a result, the museum has one of the largest collections of logging equipment in the world.Collier Logging MuseumCollier Memorial State Park features the Collier Logging Museum, an outdoor museum with a large collection of historic logging equipment. Some items date back to the 1880s and many are quite rare. The collection includes ox drawn "high wheels" used to raise the forward end of logs off the ground so they could be skidded through the forest to a collection area. Steam-powered "donkey engines" used steel cables to haul logs to a collection point. There are also steam tractors and diesel "cats" that performed the same function in their turn. The most modern piece of logging equipment on display is a Beloit tree harvester. The harvester, operated by one person, cuts trees near ground level using hydraulic blades, removes the limbs, and stacks the logs onto a logging truck all in one continuous operation.
Use our Chiloquin visit planner to add Collier Memorial State Park and other attractions to your Chiloquin vacation plans.
Source
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Collier Memorial State Park
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Collier Memorial State Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
75 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • We were very fortunate to find one full hookup spot available for two nights. Nice and shaded with walking path accessibility to the clean bathrooms and showers. Dog friendly (on leash) trails to the ...  more »
  • The museum has a large inventory of istorical logging equipment, settler's cabins, and similar at no cost to tour.  more »
  • The Park Service has a large facility just south of Collier State Park, and there is a lot of hiking along the river, and down the road north and east of State Highway 97. Very easy in and out. Just f...  more »
Google
  • This park is close to Hwy 97 and is easy to miss. There is a sign 1.5 mile out then just a small sign pointing to the campground right at the turn-off. Google maps was not much help on this one either. There are lots of full service sites on level ground and lots of pine trees. The pull thru sites are barely off the road. The road is narrow, but the paving is in good condition and sites have paved pads. The camp host greeted us upon arrival with directions to our site and a park map. Paved trails to clean, free showers. They have carts available to haul firewood to your site. Lots of chipmunks and birds. Nice dirt trail along river with benches and information signage. There are two walking bridges to cross the river plus sidewalks under the hwy bridge. Great logging museum a comfortable walk from the campground. Well worth the hike. Park website claimed laundry facilities available but we did not find them anywhere in the park.
  • nice park. clean washrooms, paved roads and pads. tables, fire rings, full hook ups. fire wood and great hosts. lots of trees. great place to visit Crater lake from. lots of pathways and trails around the park and good access to the best logging museum i have seen
  • Loved the logging museum! I'm a gear head, so there was plenty for me to enjoy. The displays are well done and make for great teaching moments with kids. The staff that was present for Christmas at the Cookhouse event seemed to really enjoy sharing their knowledge with us. Go venture back in history, relish the beautiful forest and mountain scenery around you, and take a step out of the modern rat-race for an afternoon.
  • Good for the family to visit. Nice restrooms and small playground. Bring your fishing pole.
  • Love this park. Excellent place to give myself and the pups a break from driving. Restroom always clean
Places to stay near Collier Memorial State Park

Plan your trip to Chiloquin

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Collier Memorial State Park by other users

12 days in Crater Lake National Park, Capitol Reef National Park & Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Crater Lake National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 4 days in Crater Lake National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Crater Lake National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Crater Lake National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Klamath Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Klamath Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Gold Hill BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 45 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Ashland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans