Illinois River

In 2003, Western Rivers Conservancy protected an extensive reach of the lower Illinois River by purchasing an 871-acre property and conveying it to the Siskiyou National Forest. The property is now forever conserved as part of the Illinois Wild and Scenic River Corridor. Photo by Eric Mickelson.

The rare California pitcher plant (Darlingtonia californica) is a carnivorous plant found nowhere else in the world. It grows throughout the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, including along the Illinois River. WRC's efforts on the Illinois and Deer Creek protected rare plants and prime habitat for salmon, steelhead and other wildlife. Photo by Thomas O'Keefe.

The Illinois River is famed for its formidable white water and remote Wild and Scenic stretch. Here, boaters get ready to drop into the infamous Green Wall rapid. Photo by Thomas O'Keefe.

Deer Creek flowing into the Illinois River. Photo by Ozzie Cummins.