Visit Destinations

Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

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Applegate River

Applegate RiverThe Applegate River, a major tributary of the Rogue River, drains a large portion of the eastern Siskiyou Mountains. Its generally-northward course begins among the snowfields and springs along the summit of the Siskiyou Crest; waters on the far side of the Siskiyou Crest drain south into the Klamath River in California. The river's upper-elevation watershed lies entirely within the boundaries of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, where it is a generally steep-gradient, cold-water stream. Swollen with the waters of rapidly melted snow and heavy rains, the river flooded dramatically and destructively in the winters of 1964 and 1974.

The Middle Fork of the Applegate flows through a rugged, scenic canyon accessed by the Middle Fork Trail #978 (designated a National Recreation Trail). Fishing for trout (which requires a California fishing license) in the Middle Fork's and Butte Fork's small pools can be a challenge along the narrow, densely forested channels. Steelhead and salmon once made it this far up the river, but construction of the Applegate Dam for flood-control by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1980s ended those runs. The Applegate Lake reservoir and its shoreline provide opportunities for swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, and mountain biking. From the Dam downstream to the Forest boundary, much of the river actually passes through private land, dotted with ranches and homes. Shallow swimming holes accessible to the public are found at McKee Bridge Picnic Site, Jackson Campground, as well as at more remote (and colder) stretches upstream along the Middle Fork and Elliott Creek in California.

This river provides a substantial fishery below Applegate Dam for winter steelhead. It is stocked with thousands of hatchery smolts annually and also supports a healthy native run. Anglers catch winter steelhead on the Applegate on traditional drift fishing gear and lures. Flyfishers also stand a decent chance of hooking large, bright winter steelhead on a small, intimate river by dead-drifting nymphs or egg patterns. Public access on the Applegate is limited, but the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF administers several campgrounds and small inholdings below Applegate Dam. Above the dam is mostly public land, and the Applegate River tributaries provide quality angling opportunities for wild rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.

Ashland Creek

Ashland CreekThe East and West Forks of Ashland Creek enter Reeder Reservoir south of the City of Ashland, OR. The forks of Ashland Creek are fast-flowing small streams with pocket water and some small pools surrounded by old-growth timber. All fish are wild and average about 6 inches long, due to cold water temperatures and limited productivity. This is rugged cross-country hiking for the serious small stream angler. Please practice a leave-no-trace ethic in this fragile, municipal watershed!

Please respect the health of the watershed: Reeder Reservoir is the source of Ashland’s drinking water and is closed to all public access.  There is no camping available in the Ashland Municipal Watershed in an effort to protect the watershed from fire and threats to water quality. Additionally, Ashland Creek is closed to angling downstream of Reeder Reservoir, because of the presence of juvenile salmon and steelhead.

ATV Bypass 05617

Access from Chamisoso Trailhead.

Please consult the  Manzanita Mountains Trail System Map

  • Cell phone coverage is not guaranteed
  • Be courteous to other users, motorized vehicles and bicycles yield to hikers and horses
  • It is the recreationist’s responsibility to know which trails are designated for motorized vehicles and to follow the guidelines
  • It is a multi-user area
  • Travel only on established trails

Kiosk trailhead structure with maps and trail information.

Baird Glacier

The Baird Glacier is located about 20 miles northeast of Petersburg, Alaska. It has a large glacial outwash plain and terminal moraine in front of the ice which supports a diversity of plant and animal life. The outwash plain developed over many decades of sand deposits due to floods and coastal uplift. The terminal moraine is a prominent, long mound of cobble, boulders and sand left behind when the glacier terminus rested there for many years. There are no recreation facilities such as cabins or shelters at the glacier, though other FS cabins such as Spurt Cove and Cascade Creek are nearby in Thomas Bay. Forest Service developed hiking opportunities in the area include Falls Lake and Swan Lake trails.

Baird Glacier Story Map - For more photos and information about the Baird Glacier click here.

Planning your trip – The Baird’s outwash plain and terminal moraine are part of a world class nature viewing site.  Baird Glacier flows into Thomas Bay which empties into Frederick Sound. As you enter the bay from Frederick Sound and head towards the far end of the bay, the steep granitic walls will become closer and surround you. They were smoothed by the Stikine Icefield including the Baird and nearby Patterson glacier, which scoured the surrounding rock and shaped the landscape. 

May through September are the best months to visit, although an individual will need to apply caution during the breeding period of the Arctic Tern from early May through August. Visitors coming to the area during this time period should avoid walking near areas where the birds are congregated and audibly warn intruders to stay away. Disturbance can not only cause nest abandonment, but tern eggs are laid directly on the ground and are very difficult to see! A suggested hiking route is provided in the map below for staying clear of the main nesting areas. 

Getting ThereThe Baird Glacier environs is accessible by boat from Petersburg.

The glacier environment is a dynamic landscape with cold water constantly moving, from cascading waterfalls to swift silty rivers. Visiting by boat can only be done within the confines of the tides, coming in just before the high and leaving before the tide starts to turn in a few hours. Visitors can also camp on the outwash plain in the areas of higher relief and be picked up the next day. Outfitter and guide boat operators based in Petersburg are familiar with these confines and will plan accordingly. If you are going in your own boat and not part of a guided tour, no special permit is needed.

Boats enter the channel along the outwash plain on an incoming tide, using a fathometer to measure depth within the shallow, cobble-ridden, silty water. Several locations are possible for disembarking from the boat, with a boulder studded sandy area to guide you to the main viewing areas. It takes about 20 minutes to hike from the boat to the glacier viewing area.

Visitors wanting to climb onto the Baird Glacier cannot access the ice from the terminal moraine any longer, as the 2015 flooding and rapid retreat has broken up the terminus. A lake is blocking foot access from the terminal moraine to the ice. Climbers must plan accordingly, using small pack rafts to paddle across the lake to the ice to reach the icefields’ multiple peaks.

Baltimore Lake

Baltimore Lake lies in a heavily timbered basin within the Grouse Ridge Non-Motorized Area. This lake supports a brook trout fishery through the planting of 1,500 fingerlings every other year. There are a number of good campsites and fishing is generally good. 

Basin View #618

Forest Trail #618 (Basin View Trail) is 0.8 miles long. It begins at Forest Trail #531 and ends at Forest Road #237. Forest Trail #618 is open for the following uses: hiking, horseback riding. This trail is part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Bear Basin Butte Lookout and Pierson Cabin

Find solitude, awe-inspiring views, a quiet haven away from the crowd and the opportunity to feel what it’s like to live in a fire lookout. Experience it all at the top of Bear Basin Butte (elevation 5,303 feet) through the rental of a historic fire lookout and a new 1930s style cabin.

A Room with a View

Take in a panorama of the Siskiyou Crest to the east and rolling mountains to the west. Wisps of clouds and fingers of fog may move among the peaks and valleys, emphasizing the many contours of this striking landscape. Imagine watching a sunrise or sunset, stargazing, or even viewing an approaching storm from this magnificent vantage point! Try your hand at locating named peaks with the Osborne Firefinder, a device used in fire lookout towers.

The Facility and its Story

The lookout was originally built five miles west on French Hill at Camp Six by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.  Part of Forest Service fire detection operations through the 1990s, the lookout was moved in 1997 to Bear Basin Butte for recreational use. The cabin was built at that time.

A Botanical Area

The butte itself sits within the Bear Basin Butte Botanical Area, home to more than 14 species of conifers (cone-bearing trees) and an unusual and beautiful array of wildflowers and plants. All the better to try the Siskiyou Wilderness trailheads three miles from the lookout providing access to Buck Lake, Devil’s Punchbowl, Clear Creek Recreational Trail, and Island Lake. 

Beartooth Front

This page covers camping and recreation options between Red Lodge Creek, westward to the West Fork of the Stillwater. This area is referred to as the Beartooth Front. Within this area, there are 5 locations that offer most of the options for recreation: Red Lodge Creek area, East Rosebud area, West Rosebud area, Benbow area, and the Stillwater River area.

This area is west of Red Lodge and is accessed by MT-Hwy 78 and MT-419. Some of these areas are used for access into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wildnerss. Be aware that travelling in the wilderness area comes with additional regulations.  For specific information and directions, including area trail maps, please access each of the locations:

Beaver Creek Cabin

Beaver Creek Cabin will soon be available to the public for reservation through 

Beaver Creek Cabin is a large A-frame cabin with capacity for up to 10 people.  At this time there are two twin size beds, dining table, wood stove, outdoor wash basin, and a vault toilet.  A nearby stream provides water that may be filtered for drinking.  This cabin is located approximately two miles off the St. Joe River up Beaver Creek.

The Resource Advisory Committee has helped fund the updates and improvements to Beaver Creek Cabin to make it available for rent to the public.  It will initially be minimally furnished and available for $45/ night.  Once furnishing is completed rental fees will increase to $55.  These fees go directly towards the operation and maintenance of the cabin.