Cow Creek

Back Country Byway - Oregon

Get ready for a beautiful drive through history as you follow the winding Cow Creek Back Country Byway. The route is 45-miles long and parallels Cow Creek most of your journey. This rustic two-lane road is a great alternative to Interstate 5 and connects the towns of Riddle and Glendale. Along the byway are interpretive signs that talk about the history of the long forgotten town of West Fork, the historic railroad, and gold mining in the area. The Island Creek day use area is a great stop to stretch your legs, pan for gold, or have a creek-side picnic during your drive. Skull Creek Campground is a free first-come, first served campground offering up 5 sites for weary travelers.

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Map of the Southern part of the Douglas Forest Protection Association area in Oregon. Published by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Douglas Forest Protection Association - South 2020

Map of the Southern part of the Douglas Forest Protection Association area in Oregon. Published by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Transportation Map of the Southwestern part of the BLM Roseburg District in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Roseburg Transportation - Southwest

Transportation Map of the Southwestern part of the BLM Roseburg District in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Transportation Map of the Southeastern part of the BLM Roseburg District in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Roseburg Transportation - Southeast

Transportation Map of the Southeastern part of the BLM Roseburg District in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Recreation Map of Galice-Hellgate Back Country Byway in the BLM Medford District area in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Galice-Hellgate - Back Country Bayway Map

Recreation Map of Galice-Hellgate Back Country Byway in the BLM Medford District area in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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Brochure and Map of Cow Creek Back Country Byway (BCB) in the BLM Roseburg District area in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Cow Creek - Brochure and Map

Brochure and Map of Cow Creek Back Country Byway (BCB) in the BLM Roseburg District area in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Brochure about the BLM Back Country Byway System. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).BLM Back Country Byways - Brochure

Brochure about the BLM Back Country Byway System. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Cow Creek BCB https://www.blm.gov/visit/cow-creek-back-country-byway https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bureau_of_Land_Management_Back_Country_Byways Get ready for a beautiful drive through history as you follow the winding Cow Creek Back Country Byway. The route is 45-miles long and parallels Cow Creek most of your journey. This rustic two-lane road is a great alternative to Interstate 5 and connects the towns of Riddle and Glendale. Along the byway are interpretive signs that talk about the history of the long forgotten town of West Fork, the historic railroad, and gold mining in the area. The Island Creek day use area is a great stop to stretch your legs, pan for gold, or have a creek-side picnic during your drive. Skull Creek Campground is a free first-come, first served campground offering up 5 sites for weary travelers.
WILD ROGUE Welcome to Cow Creek Back Country Byway! Get ready for a beautiful drive through history on the winding 45-mile Cow Creek Back Country Byway. This rustic two-lane road is a great alternative to Interstate 5 and connects the towns of Riddle and Glendale. Along the byway are signs about the history of the long forgotten town of West Fork, the historic railroad, and gold mining. The Island Creek day-use area is a great stop to stretch your legs, pan for gold, or have a creek-side picnic during your drive. Skull Creek Campground is a free firstcome, first served campground offering up 5 sites for weary travelers. Know before you go the railroad is still active and follows the original Oregon and California Railroad Company grade built in 1869. be respectful and do not trespass on private mining claims marked along the creek. And stay alert on the blind corners as logging trucks are common. Portions of the surrounding forest land were burned in the douglas complex fire in 2013. directions From I-5 north, Exit 103 (Riddle) and head west on Riddle Bypass Road, eventually turning into the Byway route. From I-5 south, Exit 80 (Glendale) and follow county road 263 to county road 39, and finally county road 164, which becomes the Cow Creek Road. Contact info point of interest 777 NW Garden Valley Blvd. Roseburg, OR 97471 541-440-4930 BLM_OR_RB_Mail@blm.gov Spring is the best time to view wildflowers. In summer, visitors can swim, fish, and pan for gold in Cow Creek. In autumn, enjoy the glorious changing foliage and the elusive salmon spawning.
BLM Back Country Byways There are four types of Back Country Byways: Type 1: Roads that can accommodate normal touring cars. These roads are paved or have an all weather surface and have grades that are negotiable by a normal touring car. These roads are usually narrow, slow speed, secondary roads. Red Gulch/Alkali Back Country Byway, WY Type 2: Roads which require high-clearance type vehicles. These roads are usually not paved but may have some type of surfacing. Grades, curves and road surfaces are such that they can be negotiated with a two wheel drive high clearance vehicle without undue difficulty. Garnet Back Country Byway, MT Type 3: Roads which require 4-wheel drive vehicles or other specialized vehicles such as dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), etc. These roads are usually not surfaced. However, the There’s a byway for you or contact local BLM offices to learn about individual Back Country Byways. Alaska State Office, Anchorage, AK, (907) 271-5960 Arizona State Office, Phoenix, AZ, (602) 417-9200 California State Office, Sacramento, CA, (916) 978-4400 Colorado State Office, Lakewood, CO, (303) 239-3600 Eastern States Office, Springfield, VA, (703) 440-1600 Idaho State Office, Boise, ID, (208) 373-4000 Montana State Office, Billings, MT, (406) 896-5000 Nevada State Office, Reno, NV, (775) 861-6400 New Mexico State Office, Santa Fe, NM, (505) 438-7400 Oregon State Office, Portland, OR, (503) 808-6002 Utah State Office, Salt Lake City, UT, (801) 539-4133 Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, WY, (307) 775-6256 Visit www.blm.gov for information about how the Bureau of Land Management administers public lands. Gold Belt Tour Back Country Byway, CO Rediscover the splendor of the West’s public lands by traveling the adventurous routes of the Bureau of Land Management’s Back Country Byways. As a unique part of the National Scenic Byways Program, Back Country Byways can lead you on less-traveled roads through alpine meadows and soaring mountains to sagebrush prairie and saguaro cactus desert. Choose a route to explore whether driving an air-conditioned car, four-wheel drive or dirt bike. Remember—Safety First. Be prepared. Check weather and road conditions before departing. Carry appropriate equipment for back country conditions and always be prepared for weather changes and emergencies. Back Country Byways Visit www.byways.org/explore/byways/other/blm roads are maintained for safety and resource protection purposes. They have grades, tread surfaces and other characteristics that will require specialized vehicles to negotiate. Type 4: Trails that are managed to accommodate dirt bike, mountain bike, snowmobile or ATV use. They are usually single track trails. BLM Back Country Byways System Big Sky, MT Type I Garnet Range, MT Type IV Nestucca River, OR Type I Quartzville Road, OR; Type I South Fork-Alsea River, OR Type I Lower Crooked River, OR; Type I Cow Creek Road, OR; Type I Grave Creek to Marial, OR Type I Missouri Breaks, MT Type II Lower Deschutes River, OR Type I Snake River-Mormon Basin, OR Types I, II Lewis and Clark, ID; Type I South Fork John Day River, OR Big Sheep Creek, MT Type I Type I Red Gulch/Alkali Road, WY Christmas Valley, OR Type II Owyhee Uplands, ID; Type I Types I, II Diamond Loop, OR; Type I Lakeview to Steens Mountain, OR; Types I, II Steens Mountain, OR Types I, II City of Rocks, ID; Type I Galice to Hellgate, OR Type I Barrel Springs, CA, NV; Type II Buckhorn, CA, NV; Type II California Trail, NV Type I Lovelock Cave, NV Type I Fort Churchill to Wellington, NV Type II Saline Valley, CA Type II Owen Valley-Death Valley, CA; Type II Seminoe to Alcova, WY Types I, II, III Transcontinental Railroad, UT; Type II Silver Island Mountain, UT Type II Pony Express Trail, UT Type II Nine Mile Canyon, UT Type I Wild Horse Canyon, CA Type I Gold Belt Tour, CO Type III Bull Creek Pass, UT Type III Smithsonian Butte, UT Type I Chimney Peak, CA Type II South Big Horn/Red Wall, WY Type II Mt. Wilson, NV Type II Lunar Crater, NV Type II Alpine Loop Back Country Byway, CO Alpine Loop, CO; Type III Gold Butte, NV; Type II Bitter Springs, NV; Type II Red Rock Canyon, NV Type I Old Route 66-Oatman Road, AZ; Type I Parker Dam Road, AZ, CA Type I Harquahala Mountain, AZ Type III Los Caminos Antiguos, CC Type I Wild Rivers, NM Type I Please take care of yourself and the environment Chain of Craters, NM Type II · Check weather and road conditions ahead of time Quebradas, NM Type II Bradshaw Trail, CA; Type III Lake Valley, NM Type I Black Hills, AZ Type II Steens Mountain Back Country Byway, OR · Bring area-specific maps and route descriptions · Carry plenty of water Guadalupe, NM Type I · Bring adequate fuel · Carry a spare tire, jack, tools, shovel, blanket, etc. · Remember that signing and fencing are for your safety BLM Back Country Byway BLM Administered Land Interstate 0 50 100 200 300 400 Miles * The National Landscape Conservation System c

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