Kayaking at Spring Creek

Ever since seeing pictures of the clear blue water of Spring Creek, I was dying to go!  In August, we had the chance to go and didn’t hesitate.

We put in at Spring Creek Recreation Site and kayaked upstream to the headwaters. The current is so gentle that, whether you’re going down stream or up, it’s pretty easy to paddle. This easy paddling allows you to take in the beautiful scenery – especially the crystal clear, turquoise water! I didn’t get sick of staring at it the entire trip. When looking at the other kayakers moving across the water, it looks as if they are gliding on ice … and if you feel the water you’ll find it’s just about as cold as ice. I could only handle having a hand or foot in for a few seconds before quickly pulling out in pain.

Once you reach the headwaters, you can see where the spring originates from bubbling up out of the ground. Some people call the little hurricanes of sand “dancing sand.” My son jumped out and stepped in one and was surprised to find that his foot sank in quite a bit!

We picnicked in our kayaks before heading back downstream.

Another favorite part of the trip was seeing the Mare’s Eggs- a rare freshwater algae that only grow in a few places around the world. It grows in colonies that cover the bottom of the creek in certain areas. I could go on and on about how gorgeous this area is, but all you have to do is take one look at a picture and you’ll be dying to see it for yourself!

Some families bring their own kayaks or you can rent from

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When your summer fun involves swimming, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Consider these safety tips:

Never swim alone. Always have a buddy—or, ideally,   a lifeguard at a designated swim area—and maintain constant supervision of a swimmer. Follow rules of swimming areas.

• Never leave a child unattended near water.

• Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Swim lessons. Wearing a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket can help young or inexperienced swimmers, but do not rely on jackets alone. Always maintain a watch on a swimmer.

• If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.

• If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
Whether in a backyard swimming, in a community pool or in the ocean, always watch your
child closely in and around water.


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Our Southern Oregon Summer Camp Guide advertisers are here to answer your questions  when you are looking for the right camp for your kids .

                         Make it a Summer to Remember! 


A week at a youth or family camp at Big Lake provides campers with the environment and the opportunity to gain better self-awareness, set and achieve goals, and have a blast. We offer friendship, encouragement, adventure, and enough fun to make memories for a lifetime.  biglake.org

Body Basics and Beyond. Classes, Workshops and retreats located in Ashland, Oregon. bodybasicsandbeyond.com



Rogue Valley Tutoring Center offers numerous Academic Camps for ages 3-13 to keep your child learning and growing all summer long! Math, Science, Reading, Nature, Crafts & more! Fight “Summer Brain Drain” and enroll today.  www.roguevalleytutoringcenter.com/camps Call or Text 541.779.2010.


Ashland Children’s Theatre offers a variety of theatrical experiences for children and teens starting in July in Ashland, Oregon.  ashlandchildrenstheatre.com/summer-camps/


ScienceWorks Museum offers Summer Day Camps for ages K- 12th.  1025 E. Main St. in Ashland, Oregon. scienceworksmuseum.org


Have fun and get creative at Art4Joy Summer Camps. Located on Biddle Rd in Medford, Oregon.  art4joyllc.com


Le Cirque Centre offers week long Summer Day Camps from June through August in Ashland, Oregon. 9am  -2pm for ages 51/2 -11 years. Tumbling, trampoline, silks, trapeze, Hoop, ball walking and more in Ashland, Oregon. socircus.org/camps

Friendship Mountain Day Camp at Ashland Zen Center for Ages 7-11 from June 17 through 21  from 9am-3pm.  Make new friends, have fun, learn meditation and mindfulness. Camp activities include tinkering, origami, Lego play, water play, baking, building, gardening, respect and kindness.  for children from any background located in Ashland, Oregon. ashlandzencenter.org/friendship-mountain/

Adventure on Friendship Mountain. Overnight camp for age 12-15, July 22- 26. Campers support each other in close knit peer groups, completely unplugged on a joyful adventure of self discovery. For children from any background located in Ashland, Oregon. ashlandzencenter.org/adventure-on-friendship-mountain/

HIGS GYM Summer Parkour Camps for ages 5-9 and ages 10-18 provide a fun, unique way for kids to gain confidence while working on their team work skills and overall strength, endurance, speed and performance. Both indoor and outdoor facilities are used along with water obstacles and the challenges grow and change yearly. Located in Central Point, Oregon.   www.higsgym.com/events

The Sharpening Stone Youth Wilderness Program is offering two weeks of primitive skills and wilderness survival summer camps in Williams. June 22nd-25th and July 1st-5th, for 7-17 year olds.   For more information and to register, visit www.thesharpeningstone.com 

Ashland Parks and Recreation offers many Summer programs in Ashland, Oregon.  ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=16713



The Rrrink offers Summer Day camp with Ice skating, Hockey Broom Ball, Crafts, Field Trips and Physical Activity. 1349 Center Dr. Medford, Oregon.  therrrink.com


Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts offering Summer Magic Onstage! Summer Day Camps for  Ages 7-12 from June 24th-July 13th for “We Has Jazz”, then July 22nd – August 10th for “Pirates 2:The Hidden Treasure”. Ages 13-17 from July 8th-August 3rd for “Yearbook Reflections Teen Musical”.  Located in Medford, Oregon. oregonconservatory.org

Rogue Gallery & Art Center offering  Youth Art Camps for ages 7-10 & 11-14. Teen Art Camps for ages 12-17. 40 S. Bartlett St. Medford, Oregon. RogueGallery.org.

Roots and Wings Community Preschool offer Summer Day programs for ages 3-5 years with an “I Can” approach. Weekly sessions begin June 11th- August 16th, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-11:30am. Cooking, arts, outdoor and water play. New topic is explored each week. Located in Medford, Oregon. rootsandwingspreschool.org

TGA stands for: Teach, Grow, Achieve – these concepts are the foundation of every program we offer. We invite you to give your child the advantage of learning and playing golf or tennis in an environment that will benefit them for a lifetime.  playtga.com/soregon/


Forest & Range Summer Day Camp for kids entering 4th-7th grade from July 24-28th. Learn about natural resources through hands on activities around the Rogue Valley. Explore rivers, forest & farms to see how people interact with their environment. $50 for 5 days of fun. jswcd.org


Grace Christian School offering Fun in the Sun  Summer Day Camp. Ages preschool to age 12 from June 10 through August 23. Full day or half day. Also offering Sports Camps in Medford, Oregon. Open to the public.    gracechristian.org/our-schools/summer-camps


Kid Time offer Summer Adventure Day Camps. Make it a Summer to remember at Kid Time Children’s Museum in Medford, Oregon. kid-time.org/classes-camps


Fusion Dance Academy offers Summer Dance Camps for ages 3 up. Camp dancers will get to experience different types of dance: Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap and Jazz, crafts, games, t-shirt, snacks, photos and performance in Medford, Oregon. fusiondanceoregon.com


Rogue Valley YMCA offering Summer Day Camps and Overnight Camps. Choose your Summer Adventure with Y-Camp. Located in Medford, Oregon. rvymca.org/programs/day-camp-summer-camp/



Rogue Rock Gym offering Summer Day Climbing Camps for ages 7-14 years old from 9am- noon, June This camp is structured for new, intermediate and advanced climbers alike! We will teach or review belaying skills and basic to intermediate climbing technique, while helping all experience levels push their limits in route difficulty. Focusing on safety and fun, this camp is a great fit for climbers of all ages!  Located in Medford, Oregon. roguerockgym.com/summer-camps


Medford Parks and Recreation offer a variety of Summer Day Camps. Arts & Crafts, cooking, Lego engineering, traditional day camps in Medford, Oregon. playmedford.com 


The mission of OFA I to develop our youth into skillful, intelligent, creative, self-confident and high performing soccer players who can participate and compete at the high level possible. http://oregonfutbolacademy.com


Wildlife Images offering Camp EEK! Summer Day Camps for ages 7-12 years from  June  through August , 9am-3pm, extended care available. . Go wild every week, campers get to hang out with Animal Ambassadors, play games, make crafts & explore the outdoors. Every day is different in Grants Pass, Oregon .  wildlifeimages.org/camp-eek-2019



One Eleven Theatre Company offers a Two week Summer Theatre Camp for kids “Disney’s Frozen” held at Grants Pass Performing Arts Center  from August 6th –    18th from 9am-3pm. OneElevenTheatreCompany.com 

Barnstormers Theatre offering  Summer Theatre Camp. “Make ‘Em Laugh” classic comedy scripts, slap stick, clowning and more while learning about character, costume, props, lights and sound design. Ages 8-12 from June 24th- 28th, Ages 13-18 from July 8th-12th.  9am-3pm. Barnstormers in Grants Pass, Oregon. Please call 541-4793557. barnstormersgp.com

Kid Zone offer Summer Adventure Day Camps Monday though Friday 9am-4pm, extended care available June – August. Kids have fun doing outside games, gymnastics, swimming, racquetball, dance tennis, martial arts. 2160 NW Vine St. Grants Pass, Oregon.  clubnw.com/kidzone.php#programs


 Camp Gomphidius is using the site at Willow Witt Ranch to take you on a journey looking at those ecosystems and the fungi that live there. We are using a combination of exploration, art, scientific skills and storytelling to introduce students to those important relationships. By spending the week at Willow Witt Ranch your child will develop a deep connection with these ecosystems mentally and spiritually making this camp a beyond memorable experience.  Some of our lessons include nature journaling, mushroom identification, biology and art, forest ecology & exploration, and wetland ecosystems, Contact Bashira at [email protected]    zoomoutmycology.com/



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