Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin

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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.
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  • 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 »
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  • We stayed for 10 nights while exploring Crater Lake National Park. Utilities worked fine. Very dry and dusty, with no grass in the campground. Partially shaded, more or less depending on your site. Watch out for the "chipmunks". Everyone had their hoods open on vehicles, as the chipmunks had a bad rep for chewing up wiring and hoses. I thought, "better safe than sorry". Glad I did! They chewed up our tablecloth and numerous zip lock bags. They are crazy! Put your stuff away.
  • Clean bathrooms, hot showers at no cost to campers, $19 a night for tent camping (mostly RV sites though), short and lovely trail around the loops with access to Spring Creek. We didn't experience the mosquitoes others have talked about but the area had just been treated a few days prior to our stay. The ground squirrels and chipmunks are a potential nuisance if you don't keep your stuff secured. Otherwise, they are pretty charming and cute. Some road noise at night but not terrible. Would definitely stay here again.
  • Great stop on Hwy 97 in Oregon. Free museum, awesome displays of all kinds of logging equipment . Great picnic area, clean restrooms. Nice little gift shop with bunk house set up for loggers. Good historical information , pretty easy walking on the path that goes through the displays.
  • This is a must stop rest area and day use. The exhibits are a once in a lifetime chance to see the history of logging in America. The near by campgrounds as well as Crater lake make this area perfect to spend multiple days here.
  • Nice park. Far from town, but cell service/internet is good as you are just off of Hwy 97. River close by, bring your fishing gear. Logging musuem is a 1/2 mile walk along river away from campground. Crater Lake National park is an hour away.
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