Cow Creek Loop (Driving Route about 41 miles)

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At I-5 exit 88 south of Canyonville go right (southwest) on Azalea-Glendale Rd for 10.2 miles. Go right 0.2 miles on North Rueben Rd and turn right on Rueben Rd; after another 4.3 miles it turns into Cow Creek Rd; go 6.4 miles to Skull Creek Recreation Area which is 0.2 miles off of road to left and has camping and restrooms but no water. Go left after 3.8 miles; another 16.1 miles takes you to Island Creek day use area with picnic tables and restrooms; go on 2.8 miles to a small marsh; go 7.1 miles to return to I-5 at Tri-City. Paved loop follows Cow Creek National Back Country Byway for much of the way; numerous options for exploring gravel forest roads in the middle portion of route; BLM map available.


Habitat and Birds

ranchland on both ends of route with several small ponds, river, interspersed public and private forestlands of mixed hardwood and conifer stands.

Birds: riverine birds, forest passerines, dabbling ducks, Nashville, Black-throated Gray and Hermit Warbler, Cassin’s and Hutton’s Vireo, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Swainson’s Thrush, Wrentit. Best birding: May-June.