The Willamette National Forest is located in the western center of Oregon.
Where is this Forest?

A mountain reflectd in Linton Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness


With over 1.5 million acres, the Willamette National Forest is home to eight wilderness areas, including the popular Three Sisters Wilderness and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, epic mountain biking trails, a variety of backpacking and day hiking opportunities, waterfalls, wildflowers, boating, swimming and much more! The varied landscape of high mountains, narrow canyons, cascading streams, and wooded slopes offer excellent opportunities for visitors and make the Forest valuable for many purposes.

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Accessible Adventures

mcKenzie River Video

We strive to offer areas in the forest where everyone can experience the many natural wonders the area has to offer. Watch our accessible adventure videos to learn where you can find accessible trails, viewpoints, and other adventures. See all our Accessible Adventure Videos.

Proposed Fee Changes At Some Recreation Sites

Timpanogas Shelter - Exterior View

The Willamette National Forest is proposing to raise campground fees or establish new fees at some recreation sites beginning in 2017. These recreation fees are reinvested locally to maintain, operate, and provide visitor services at developed recreation sites. Fee changes are being considered due to increasing costs of operating and maintaining recreation facilities, and to enable the Forest Service to improve services or add amenities desired by visitors at various recreation sites. Recreation fees have remained at their current levels for over 8 years at most sites. Public input on the proposed changes is more

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North Santiam Travel Corridor (Detroit Ranger District)

Elk Lake from Battle Ax

The Detroit Ranger District has a variety of popular campgrounds that serve as the base for adventures such as hiking, horseback riding, OHV riding, swimming, and more.

South Santiam Travel Corridor (Sweet Home Ranger District)

Barrier-free viewing platform at Yukwah

Get a taste of the Sweet Home life! You’ll find mountain biking, wildflower hikes, swimming areas, guided adventures, and more.


McKenzie Travel Corridor (McKenzie River Ranger District)

Image of Water Skier on Cougar Reservoir

The McKenzie River Ranger District is a collection of stunning lakes and waterfalls, epic mountain biking and rafting, and opportunities to explore history.

Middle Fork Travel Corridor (Middle Fork Ranger District)

Image of Waldo Lake

Spend some time exploring Waldo Lake, one of the gems of the forest, but don’t forget the renowned mountain biking, hiking, and horse trails in this area.

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