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Williamson River Meandering Ranch Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

Chiloquin, Oregon, USA

6 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $125 per guest

Camping per day: starting at $50 per guest

Come enjoy 2.4 miles on the Williamson River 1 hour outside of Chiloquin, Oregon.  Here you will be able to find trout fishing while enjoying the views from the grassy meadows of the meandering river.  The landowners have done years of habitat restoration with the ODFW and conservation groups to build 33 channel spans to slow the water in the river and create great pools and pockets for trout habitat.

The Williamson River offers a captivating experience surrounded by beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. Anglers can expect to catch various species of fish, with the primary focus being on native redband trout, also known as rainbow trout.

The access is easy, the access road takes you right near the river. Please note this is a working ranch with hayfields, the fields are always irrigated and the runoff from the irrigation does go into the access road which can lead to about 8″ of water to drive through on the access road. That being said, 2WD should be fine because it is rocked and you should not get stuck. No low-riding vehicles. You can always park near the campsite and walk down about 1 mile if you are not comfortable driving the access road to the river.

The Williamson River is spring-fed (42 degrees year round) and is suitable for bank fishing with easy access to walking along the river. This property provides access to both sides of the river with 2 bridges on the property to take you from one side to the other.  Enjoy the sounds of the Sand Hill Cranes as you cast your line in the water.  Look for deep pools and undercut banks to find fish that are waiting there.  The property itself allows easy access for beginners and intermediate anglers, however, the fishing itself can be technical at times.

Update as of November 2023 the landowner has made vast improvements to the fishery. Multiple Beaver Anolog Dams have been placed. This has allowed the water to gain anywhere from 1′ to 2′ of water depth. They have also placed weirs and other structures throughout the property.

Please note this is in a remote canyon and you do not have cell service.

Under the Washington Stream Access Law, the public may use rivers and streams for recreational purposes up to the ordinary high-water mark. Although unlikely, you could potentially see other anglers while on this property. RareWaters mission is to spread the power of the outdoors and the inspiration to conserve it. To that end, we try our best to find properties that are away from the crowds for a serene fishing experience.

This property also has cabins available for rent. Please email us at support@rarewaters.com for more information.

Although we typically get your booking approved within a few hours, please allow up to 1 business day for booking confirmations.

Camping prices are per vehicle/per day. Camping is dispersed camping and sits atop a hill 1 mile from the river with nice views.  You can walk or drive down to the river frontage. Please practice “leave no trace” principles and pack out all trash. You will need to supply your own water. Tents, Vans, and Truck campers are allowed. Travel trailers can camp at this site as well as it is fairly flat and easy to maneuver around.

RESOURCES

Know before you go

Check out the resources below to help you prepare for your upcoming trip and ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information for a stellar day on the water.


  1. Don’t forget your local fishing license, you can grab one online here.
  2. Check your local flow report. There are no local flow gauges for this section on the Williamson River.
  3. Contact our area fly shop partner, Confluence Fly Shop, for the most up-to-date hatch and fly information.
  4. Know the local regulations.
  5. Fishing Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  6. Fishing Season: April to Mid-December
  7. Rod Recommendations: A typical fly rod setup will work well on the Williamson River, 4-6 weight range.

Most of our properties are ranches, so expect to walk through hayfields, cow fields, or even hop a few fences. These are not "groomed" properties. They can be rugged and wild and we believe that is part of the adventure with RareWaters! If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out in advance of booking a trip!

5-Day Weather Forecast

Monday
2/26/2024
29℉ / 28℉

Tuesday
2/27/2024
31℉ / 18℉

Wednesday
2/28/2024
42℉ / 25℉

Thursday
2/29/2024
39℉ / 27℉

Friday
3/1/2024
29℉ / 21℉

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Reviews (3)

4.5 out of 5.0
Service 5.0
Value for Money 4.3
Location 4.7
Cleanliness 4.0
  • Steve D.
    August 24, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Had a truly unique experience fishing this property on the Williamson River. Clear pasture lands lead to easy access to all parts of the river. I could definitely tell the landowner is dedicated to habitat restoration on the property, spotting a number of channel spans throughout this stretch of river. Not a ton of tree shade on the banks so I definitely found the fishing more enjoyable early in the morning and in the late evening. Fishing was technical, but I brought a 12″ bow to hand out of the big hole under the bridge right where you get down to the river. Looking forward to returning later in the fall to see how the fishing progresses through the season.

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  • Van S.
    August 14, 2023 at 11:44 am

    This is a beautiful property in a gorgeous setting. The Williamson flows through a meadow landscape and is easily accessible for fishing. The property owner has done a great job of adding structure to many parts of the river giving the angler a good chance to target fish in these areas. We fished in the late afternoon and evening and also early morning. We caught a nice 15” rainbow and also a 10” bow during very hot weather. It will be interesting to see how this water fishes at different times of the year. There are some good camping spots that make for a great overnight experience.

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  • Owner
    July 7, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for the review, Paden. As this is a new property to us, we are in the learning phase of when the best time to fish is. You did hit it at a challenging time for sure, with high water. Can’t wait to get you back out!

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Frequently asked questions.

What is RareWaters?

We provide affordable and easy access to private ranches for you to experience do-it-yourself (DIY) fly fishing experiences. No upfront membership fees are required. Just pay as you book! Pricing is listed at the top of each property's listing page. DIY fly fishing means anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flow and fishing conditions. When the information is available, we include weather and river flow information for the properties on our website.

What hours can I fish?

Each landowner sets their fishing hours, and most are sunrise to sunset. We have a few landowners who deviate from that timeframe. This information is listed on each property listing page.

Can a non-angling friend or relative join me?

At this time, everyone over the age of 12 must pay the full rod fee to be on RareWaters' property. This is to ensure that all anglers have the serenity, space and outdoor experience we are committed to providing.

Will I get the water all to myself?

We limit each property to a max number of anglers, typically no more than 3-4 anglers per mile. This is different for each property, so be sure to go to the property's listing page to find out what the maximum is for the property you want to book. For example, if you have 2 anglers in your group and the maximum number of anglers is 4, we may add 2 other anglers to the property that day, even if they are from another group. If you book all 4 (or more) rod spots that day, then your group will have the whole property to yourselves.

How do I know where to go after I book?

After we receive your payment, you will receive a booking confirmation email. Within 7 days of your reservation, you will receive a property map via email with GPS coordinates, directions, parking and camping information, etc. We strongly encourage all anglers to save GPS coordinates into their smartphones before leaving cell service. Many of our properties are remote working ranches with limited cell service. Google Maps is our preferred app for all angler directions.

What are your booking policies?

Great question. Here are a few policies you should know before you go:

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made ten (10) days or more before the booked date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made five (5) to ten (10) days before the booked date will receive a credit for future use. Cancellations made five (5) days or less before the booked date will receive no refund or credit. By submitting a booking request for any RareWaters' property, you agree to this cancellation policy. If you request to book a property within 10 days of the request date, and the booking is approved and you cancel the booking, you will receive a credit for future use. RareWaters is not responsible for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. Anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flows and fishing conditions. Refunds and credits will not be issued for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. The Cancellation Policy may be superseded by extenuating circumstances as deemed appropriate by RareWaters' staff.


Maximum Angler Policy:

Please note, if your party does not equate to the maximum angler amount for the property you've booked, you may encounter another angler or group. Maximum angler amounts are listed in the description for every property on the website. Please practice good fishing etiquette around other anglers by giving each other plenty of space and sharing different stretches of the watershed.


Leave No Trace Policy:

All anglers must adhere to RareWaters "Leave No Trace" policy. This policy requires all anglers to leave properties better off than they found them. If you see trash, please pick it up and pack it out. We ask that you kindly be respectful of the land, any livestock, and the watershed so we can continue to offer fly fishing access for years to come. Trespassing will not be tolerated and all violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Leave No Trace Policy.


Solicitation Policy:

Under no circumstances may an angler or their guest solicit RareWaters' landowners for any reason. During your trip, anglers and guests are not permitted to promote, sell or offer any kind of services or products to RareWaters' landowners. Additionally, anglers and their guests may not compete with RareWaters in any way while visiting RareWaters' properties. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Solicitation Policy.