The Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests & Crooked River National Grassland are located in central Oregon.
Where is this Forest?


About the Forest

Graphic: General location of Deschutes and Ochoco national Forests in Oregon.In 1908, the Deschutes National Forest was established from parts of the Blue Mountains, Cascade, and Fremont National Forests. In 1911, parts of the Deschutes National Forest were split off to form the Ochoco and Paulina National Forests and parts of the Cascade and Oregon National Forests were added to the Deschutes. In 1915, the lands of the Paulina National Forest were rejoined to the Deschutes National Forest. For more on the history of the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests check the history section.

Deschutes National Forest

Nestled along the Cascade Mountains, the Deschutes National Forest is one of the most popular recreation forests in the Pacific Northwest. Truly a four-season vacationland, the forest attracts more than 3 million people every year to camp, fish, hike, hunt, ski, and enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities. The forest also provides variety of commodities.

Ochoco National Forest

Steins PillarThe Ochoco National Forest stretches east with magnificent rock formations. Hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, horseback riding and rock hounding are just a few of the popular activities on the forest. Recreationists on the Ochoco enjoy more dispersed recreation opportunities.

Crooked River National Grassland

The Crooked River National Grassland offers hiking, fishing, camping, wildlife viewing and horseback riding. Two National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Deschutes River and Crooked River, weave their way through part of the Grassland.  Celebrating 50 Years, 1954-2004 (newsletter).