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California Or Mars? Rafting In The Red Canyons Of North Fork


The North Fork Smith is a blade of jade-green water cutting through the remote heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. Home to a virtual desert of reddish-orange canyons — not to mention insect-eating plants — the North Fork is a pocket of red planet oddness here on Earth.

Follow a group of rafters down the 13-mile wilderness section, but only after we are regaled with tales from famed shuttle driver “Bearfoot Brad” for a rough, rugged, two-hour drive to the put-in.

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Rain Beetles, North Fork Smith River and Oil Pollution Art (2903)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #2903
Most Recent Broadcast: October 19, 2017