Applegate River and Reservoir

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Location

The Applegate River runs north through western Jackson County. To access the river and, eventually, the reservoir, start in Medford and take I-5 exit 30. Travel west on Hwy 238 to Jacksonville. Continue on 238 through Jacksonville to the little town of Ruch. Here take Upper Applegate Road south to the reservoir. The road follows the river and gives plenty of opportunities to stop and bird. You can also continue on 238 west from Ruch to Provolt. This is the boundary between Jackson and Josephine counties. Most of the river is bordered by private land here and access is very limited along this stretch.

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Habitat and Birds

Lush riparian area bordered by oak woodlands. Species seen here include Common Merganser, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Bushtit, Wrentit, and Bullock’s Oriole.

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