I love Milo McIver State park out in Clackamas County, near Estacada. It’s one of my favorite summer time kayaking/rafting destinations, with an easy going couple hour trip. You can shuttle without even leaving the park, but both cars have to pay admission.
I’ve always liked the name of this park; it rolls off the tongue in a pleasing way. We even named our prodigal fire cat ‘Milo’ a couple of years ago.
I’ve always wondered how the park got it’s name, and I didn’t find any information checking the usual suspects, so I filled out a form on the Oregon Blue Book, ’cause they seem to know everything Oregon.
I was so pleased to get a response, but the links still didn’t turn up much information. I was still tickled to get a response.
From: ARCHIVES Reference [mailto:reference X .archives X @state.or.us]
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 3:02 PM
To: __ @ sendelbach pdx .com
Subject: RE: Contact the Oregon Blue Book
Here’s a little information on Milo McIver State Park (courtesy of OPRD website), http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkHistory&parkId=102
Milo was a member of the Oregon Highway Commission. We have our ODOT finding aid on our website,
This will list what we have from the ODOT. We have a pretty sizeable series of Highway records. Unfortunately it may not give much information about him personally but if he was a member of the Commission there should be some mention of him in the records. (Should be but can’t guarantee it!)
If there’s anything else we can do just let us know. Best of luck!
Oregon State Archives
800 Summer St NE
Salem, OR 97310
503-373-0701 ext. 1
On 1/2/14 12:25 AM, “firstname.lastname@example.org”
>subject: Contact the Oregon Blue Book
>Your_Name: Sean Sendelbach
>email: xxxx @ sendelbach pdx .com
>Question/Suggestion: Milo McIver:
>I love Milo McIver State park, but can\’t find anything on who he was
or why this park is named after him.
>I’ve been curious for years.
>Submit: Submit form