Kayaker on Blue River Lake - before Blue River flows into the McKenzie River
Blue River Falls - and some really cool Butterflies
Photographer: G. Price
back to waterfalls - Hwy 126/Cascades
April - 0.6S, ISO100, lens 30mm, aperture 22, tripod, polarizer
April - 1.3S, ISO100, lens 135mm, aperture 29, tripod, polarizer
Blue River Fall's are east of Springfield.
All of the tributaries listed below flow into the Blue River - and then into the Blue River Reservoir
Upper left falls: GPS N44º 13.927', W122º 15.01', Elevation above sea level 1500 ft. (source 4000 ft.)
Upper right falls: GPS N44º 15.191', W122º 13.83', Elevation above sea level 1765 ft. (source 3100 ft.)
Neither of the two above have an identifiable creek on a topographical map.
- From I-5 exit onto I-105 and head east to Springfield.
- At second light turn left onto Hwy 126.
- Drive through Walterville & Vida.
- 0.8 miles past milepost 43 turn left at sign for Blue River Reservoir / Road 15
(note sign about not maintained for snow/ice).
- At 4.2 miles the paved road will change to gravel
- First falls is a seasonal roadside falls 5.9 miles up Road 15.
- Second falls is seen at a widespot 7.8 miles up Road 15. It is on the other side of Blue River
The second falls has a wide and long drop - it is listed somewhere (tentative name E. Flunky Falls).
To reach the third falls in this group drive up Road 15 for a total of 8.2 miles
and note the intersection below:
Continue down Road 15 a short distance and find a wide spot on the right to park.
Walk back to the junction and walk up West Quentin Road (FR 1513) for a mile to
GPS coordinates N44º 16.151', W122º 13.214', Elevation above sea level 2300 ft.
Rate of rise is 440 feet in that mile walk.
You'll find this seasonal slide fall (Note: a 4WD may be able to go up this road).
There is also no identifiable creek sourcing this fall.
Found this reddish butterfly sitting right on Forest Road 15 near where the second falls above occurs.
Determined it is a Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) that was sunning itself on the road.
Had to use long telephoto due to it being very flighty.
1st - Sports mode 1/1600S, ISO400, lens 200mm, aperture 6.3
2nd - Sports mode 1/1600S, ISO400, lens 120mm, aperture 7.1
Later in the day I found a large group of small bluish butterflies fluttering at ground level.
I believe they are Spring Azure's or a similar variety. They move so fast I was unable to see
the markings on the underside of their wings to be certain of their type.
Sports mode 1/640S, ISO400, lens 55mm, aperture 5.6
There are many places for camping along the paved and unpaved sections.
There is fishing, boating and kayaking at Blue River Lake.
A boat ramp is near milepost 4. Day use fee of $6.