The Illinois Valley

The Illinois Valley area encompasses several small communities, including O’Brien, Takilma, Cave Junction, Kerby, Selma, and Wonder. The average elevation is about 1350 feet. The climate is rather mild, with yearly precipitation averaging about 40 inches. Summer days can register as much as 100 degrees, and Winter temps can dip into the 20’s overnight. There may be occasional snowfall in winter, but it usually melts away within a day or two. Most days throughout the year are sunny.

The “voice” of Cave Junction and the Illinois Valley, since 1937.
The Illinois Valley News
P.O. Box 1370
Cave Junction, OR 97523
On the web: Illinois Valley News


Public Schools – Three Rivers/Josephine County School District

Illinois Valley High School
625 East River Street
Cave Junction, OR 97523
On the web: Illinois Valley High School

Lorna Byrne Middle School
101 South Junction Avenue
Cave Junction, OR 97523
On the web: Lorna Byrne Middle School

Evergreen Elementary School
520 West River Street
Cave Junction, OR 97523
On the web: Evergreen Elementary School

Private Schools

The Dome School
Private – Grades PK-5
P.O. Box 812
Cave Junction, OR 97523

Madrone Adventist Elementary School
Private – Grades 1-8
4300 Holland Loop Road
Cave Junction, OR 97523

Community Christian Academy
Private – Grades PK-12
P.O. Box 127
Cave Junction, OR 97523

Health Care
Siskiyou Community Health Center
25647 Redwood Highway
Cave Junction, OR 97523

Community Organizations
The Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCDO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to improve economic and social conditions in Oregon’s rural southwest through programs designed to enhance the standard of living, create jobs and encourage sustainable community development. To support its activities the organization entered into an agreement with the National Park Service to manage the Chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument.
PHONE: 541-592-4440
FAX: 541-592-4106

The mission of the Illinois Valley Safe House Alliance is to serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault while they meet their immediate and long term goals of safety and self-sufficiency.
Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday through Friday
103 S. Kerby Ave., PO Box 2490, Cave Junction OR 97523
Advocacy Services line – 541-592-2515
Advocacy Services include help with personal safety plans, restraining orders, emergency shelter, accompaniment to doctor’s offices, hospitals or court, assistance in applying for crime victim compensation, referrals.
The Illinois Valley Senior Center is the best place for seniors (50+) to go and
have fun. There are many activities offered including line dancing, pool tables/tournaments, card room, library, weight room/work-out room, and more. There are also many different types of crafts including oil painting, beading, spinning, and porcelain dolls. Don’t forget about bingo night when our kitchen crew offers up the best hamburgers in town. Also, don’t forget our very popular monthly breakfast which happens on the first Saturday of the month. Enjoy an all you can eat breakfast which includes biscuits and gravy, pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and drinks.
Illinois Valley Senior Center, 520 River St., Cave Junction, 541-592-6888

The Illinois River Valley Arts Council enriches the lives of the residents of Illinois River Valley by fostering creativity and providing art education and art experiences, and has been instrumental in bringing the Second Friday Art Walk to the merchants and community as well as bringing the arts to children. For more information, please visit the IRVAC web site.

The Spiral Living Center is a new non-profit in the Illinois Valley. Their goal is to empower our community to achieve self-sufficiency. They are developing and promoting a wide range of programs focused on sustainable living. In 2007 they are focusing on food production issues and have initiated a series of workshops for sharing sustainable living skills. For more information call 592-3642 or see a listing of upcoming workshops here.

Siskiyou Field Institute has many nature classes for kids and adults. They have hikes, bird watching, field based natural history classes and meetings.
Here is their contact info: p.o. box 207 1241 Illinois River Rd., Selma, OR 97538
 Phone 541-597-8530

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