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, a variety of backpacking and day hiking opportunities, waterfalls, wildflowers, mountain biking trails, boating, swimming and much more! The varied landscape of high mountains, narrow canyons, cascading streams, and wooded slopes offers excellent opportunities for visitors and make the forest valuable for many purposes.

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Looking for a summer job? Interested in permanent fire management positions? Are you a student or recent grad? Your interests and experiences can help with just about any aspect of the agency’s work from fire, timber, recreation, biological sciences, natural resources, engineering, archaeology, visitor services, and more!...details

Following the Fall Colors

Yellow and red maple leaves laying on a stream

The morning air is crisp, leaves are crinkling on the ground and a hint of color graces the hillsides. It’s time to start thinking about the fall color change! Willamette National Forest is considered one of Oregon’s “leaf peepers hot spots.” Predications show the color change reaching its peak by mid-October, but there are reports of colors already starting to turn in the high Cascades. We’ve put together some resources that will help you follow the fall colors as they’re starting to turn or reach their 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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