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Spring Creek is a truly lovely place....and always has been.

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The photo caption by an unknown writer reads: Riffle in Spring Creek before the hand of man touched it. We had to clean out the wild flower gardens on the logs so children would not try to gather them and fall in the cold water. They were beautiful and the Indians used them as blinds from which to spear the big trout.

The Klamath Falls Express, Jan. 10, 1945 described Spring Creek:

Spring Creek… is one of the many streams that [are] found in this county. Its source is a series of springs that boil out of the base of a mountain and enough water is furnished to make a rushing torrent three miles long and averaging sixty to seventy feet in width. The water is as clear as crystal, and a ten cent piece is easily seen at a depth of 20 feet. The temperature of the water is 8 degrees above the freezing point the year around, and on the bottom can be seen schools of fine rainbow trout averaging in weight from 1/2 lbs to 10 pounds. These rise readily to fly[s] and anglers… come here every year to enjoy the sport.

[The] Williamson River, into which Spring Creek empties, is not so clear, but is the home of large trout, some having been caught there weighing 18 lbs. Last season four young men from San Francisco caught nearly a ton in one week, an unnecessary killing of the finest game fish in the world.

Spring Creek is a truly lovely place and always has been. Generations of visitors and residents alike have enjoyed its scenic beauty. Writer, Mary Case, President of the Klamath Historical Society in the mid-1940’s, illustrates the point with this bit of history:

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Spring Creek now flows through a state park with a wide paved highway leading to it; once it could be reached only by horse and buggy over a dusty dirt road. But men traveled over 400 miles by train, stage coach and horse and buggy just to fish in this beautiful creek that held trout in such quantity that it was unequalled anywhere.

Every summer in the 1890’s a group of wealthy San Francisco men traveled by train to Pokegama, Oregon, then by stagecoach to Linkville (now Klamath Falls) Oregon and there hired a man from a livery stable to drive them the 30 miles to Spring Creek. They also hired a wagon to carry their food, tents and boats, for they came equipped to enjoy life, even to bringing a cook.

They set up their tents and stayed a month, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Nearby was the Klamath Indian reservation, and these men gave prizes for the Indians’ Fourth of July celebration. They enjoyed watching their games and sports.

They were not the only group who traveled to this fishing spot. Parties from Portland and Salem also came, but none so regularly or for such a long stay as this group from San Francisco.