It's all uphill from the Wild and Scenic Illinois River to Chetco Pass the watershed divide of the two wild rivers. Google Earth Image.
trip report on the Northwest Rafting Company's website and see a sample of Zach's photographs. See also our media page for these videos and a lot more.
|Photos like this are not only beautiful, they document the exceptional clarity and quality of the waters of the Chetco as it flows through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Zach Collier Photo.|
The photos also document the Chetco's legendary water quality and great beauty. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act mandates that the outstandingly remarkable values of a designated river be protected and enhanced. Along with Oregon's Clean Water Act rule, which prohibits activities that increase turbidity in the waters of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, compliance with these laws could make the mining proposed for the Chetco in the Wilderness uneconomical. If the mining is not economical, the three existing claims in the Wilderness are not valid and therefore no prior Mining Law rights exist.
Read more about Oregon's Clean Water Act rule here and as it applies to the proposed mining in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness here.
Andy Maser, is a filmmaker as well as a kayaker and took video footage of the Chetco adventure. He's provided us with a short teaser of the Wild Chetco. J. R. Weir is lead kayak instructor at the Sundance Kayak School. Billy Miller is a guide for Echo River Trips. Zach Collier is a partner in the Northwest Rafting Company.