The Malheur National Forest is located in the eastern center of Oregon.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to Malheur National Forest

Malheur River 2014


The 1.7 million acre Malheur National Forest is located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. The diverse and beautiful scenery of the forest includes high desert grasslands, sage and juniper, pine, fir and other tree species, and the hidden gems of alpine lakes and meadows. Elevations vary from about 4000 feet (1200 meters) to the 9038 foot (2754 meters) top of Strawberry Mountain. The Strawberry Mountain range extends east to west through the center of the forest.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, September 17th, the Malheur National Forest will change to an Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) II and Phase A of Public Use Restrictions (PURs).

Under Phase A of Public Use Restrictions, Chainsaws may be operated between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time.  A one hour fire watch is required after saw operation has ceased.  Saw operators are required to have an axe (minimum 2 lb head, 26" length), shovel (8" wide, 26" length), and fire extinguisher (minimum ABC 8 oz) in their possession.  Campfires allowed only in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock or commercial rings and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread, at a minimum clear of all flammable material within a radius of 3 feet from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material.  Use existing pits wherever possible. Campfires must be attended at all times and stone cold out before leaving the area. Portable cook stoves using liquefied or bottled gas and wood burning stoves equipped with a chimney that is at least five (5) feet in length with a spark-arresting screen consisting of 1/4 inch mesh hardware cloth are allowed.  Use of charcoal briquettes is permitted under the same restrictions as campfires as described above. Smoking allowed only in enclosed vehicles and buildings, developed recreation sites, or cleared areas. No off-road/off-trail vehicle travel or travel on roads not cleared of standing grass or other flammable material; no vehicle travel on those Forest Service roads where access has been impeded. 

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Official Fire Information Flame EmblemSugarloaf Peak west of Dry Soda Lookout at 1:15 pm on August 14, 2015




Link to Campgrounds

Go Hiking Link





Forest Road Conditions: Know before you go!   

The condition of forest roads can change dramatically without warning; wind, snow and rain events can have substantial and detrimental effects on road and trail conditions causing hazards and obstructions to travel.  It is advisable to consult your local ranger district office before your trip.


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Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan


Aquatic Restoration Information

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Eastside Restoration in the Blue Mountains

Timber With LoggerAcross the Pacific Northwest, there is broad public support for actively managing forests to be more resilient to the uncertainties of climate change and the effects of insect outbreaks, disease, and destructive wildfires that follow decades of fire suppression in fire-dependent forests.

However, the current rate of restoration is not keeping pace with forest growth.  Unless we do some things differently, acres in need of restoration will continue to out-pace restoration accomplishments.

Recent News


Canyon Creek Complex: Initial Attack

The Mason Springs and Berry Creek Fires grew together to become the Canyon Creek Complex

A chronological story of the Canyon Creek Complex

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

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The purpose of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Program is to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes.

Visit this site to find out all you need to know about the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, including the latest CFLR 5-Year Report

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Forest welcomes hunters

Archery hunter in the sunset

As various hunting seasons approach, the Malheur National Forest would like to welcome hunters to the area.

Pine Butterfly update-August 2012

Pine Butterfly

There has been an expanding outbreak on the Malheur National Forest over the last two years.  Learn more here.


Advisory Committee

Title II project proposal information.


  • Timber Sales

    Timber Sales:

    1648 Decks Sale:  The 1648 Decks Sale is located within T 16S R 33 1/2E Sections 3 and 4, T 17S R 33 1/2E Section 32. The Forest Service will receive sealed and oral bids in public at Malheur National Forest, Supervisor's Office at 10:00 AM local time on 10/14/2015 for an estimated volume of 286 CCF of Douglas-fir and other coniferous species sawtimber, and 166 CCF of Ponderosa Pine sawtimber marked or otherwise designated for cutting. In addition, there is within the sale area an estimated volume of 109 CCF of Ponderosa Pine non-saw that the bidder agrees to remove at a fixed rate. The Forest Service reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Interested parties may obtain a prospectus from the office listed below. A prospectus, bid form, and complete information concerning the timber, the conditions of sale, and submission of bids is available to the public from the Malheur National Forest, Supervisor's Office, 431 Patterson Bridge Road, John Day, OR 97845. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

  • Recreation Passes