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Welcome to the Deschutes National Forest
The Deschutes National Forest encompasses nearly 1.6 million acres, offering year-around recreation opportunities.
Plan Your Next Visit
The Deschutes National Forest offers year-round recreation opportunities. Start planning your next adventure today!
Some recreation sites require a day use fee. Find out where fees are charged and which passes may be used to cover these fees.
Know Before You Go - check out our trails report for updates and conditions on non-motorized and motorized trails across the forest.
We offer a variety of maps! You can digitally download some for free while others can be purchased through online vendors.
Starting August 1, 2022, Lava River Cave is implementing a Timed Reservation Tickets System to provide visitors with the ability to plan ahead by securing their timeslot for parking at Lava River Cave ahead of arrival. (Frequently Asked Questions)
The Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness areas are home to iconic mountain peaks, high alpine meadows and lakes, and old growth forests. In an effort to preserve the natural beauty and wilderness experience for you and future visitors and to better manage recreation-related impacts, these areas are managed with use limits, or quotas, to ensure the protection of these landscapes now and into the future.
Visit Central Oregon Fire Info for information on prescribed fire, wildfire and smoke on the Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests, the Prineville BLM and the Oregon Department of Forestry. Text "COFIRE” to 888-777 to receive Deschutes County text alerts.
Our non-profit partner Discover Your Forest enhances visitors' experiences while supporting the next generation of public land stewards.
The Children’s Forest seeks to improve health and learning for all children in Central Oregon by getting them outside.
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Trail Closure on Tiddlywinks to Begin on Monday for Public Safety
Release Date: Jun 24, 2022
Lava River Cave to go to timed reservations in August
Release Date: Jun 23, 2022
Deschutes-Ochoco Resource Advisory Committee Seeks Member Nominees
Release Date: Jun 22, 2022
We are restoring 26,000 acres of forest adjacent to the City of Bend to improve forest health, create a diversity of plant and wildlife habitat and to protect our communities and quality of life.
Historically in Central Oregon small wildfires or insect infestations occurred creating a forested of different aged trees, underbrush, and openings, which allowed a diversity of wildlife and plants to flourish and kept forests resilient to large scale disturbances. The West Bend Vegetation Management Project's goal is to restore a more resilient and healthy forest.
Large logs and woody debris are an important habitat feature for bull trout, chinook salmon, redband trout and other salmonids. Large wood can reduce streambank erosion, store gravel and create pools that are important for fish habitat. These functions enhance fish and invertebrate populations. Large wood is used as cover for all stages of trout and salmon and creates protected areas for fish to resists large floods.
The Metolius Watershed Analysis identified that the upper Metolius River was one of the few river segments that did not meet the objectives of in- stream wood and fish habitat likely from past wood removal and logging along the river. The recommendations called for restoration of large wood to restore habitat for fish (USDA Forest Service 1996 and 2004).
What is Prescribed Fire?
Prescribed fire can be used to reduce hazardous fuels while improving forest and rangeland health and protecting the quality of our watersheds and wildlife habitat.
Want to Dig Deeper Into Climate Change?
Learn more about South Central Oregon Adaptation Partnership (SCOAP)'s climate change vulnerability and adaptation studies.
Accessible Adventures on the Deschutes National Forest
Learn more about accessible recreation sites on the Deschutes National Forest.
2022 Central Oregon Firewood Permits
A firewood permit is required to cut, gather, and transport firewood. Find this year's synopsis, maps and vendor list here.