Last night at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library I was fortunate to be in attendance to listen to Travis Williams photographer, writer, naturalist and river advocate, share some of the history of the Willamette River. His book Field Guide to the Willamette River has been published by Timber Press. This book provides perspective of the Willamette River's ecological and conservation issues.
Those in attendance were treated to a slide show of some fifty photos of the Willamette River on its 187 mile journey through Oregon. Travis explained in great detail the impact the Willamette River has on the economy of the mid Willamette Valley as well as the recreational opportunities available.
With some proper preparation families can plan a canoe trip on one or even several areas of the Willamette River and camp on the banks in pristine locations. Bald Eagles, as well as Blue and Green Herons will make a weekend adventure camping most worthwhile.
The most important point shared with the attendees by Travis Williams, at the Corvallis Library, was to make certain that "you leave no trace" when leaving your campground on the river.
This book can be purchased at Grass Roots bookstore in Downtown Corvallis.
Enjoy what nature provides but make sure to leave nature the better for your having visited!