Wild & Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Plan

River at bend & rapidsThe Mt Hood National Forest Wild and Scenic Rivers interactive story map provides background information, photo tours, and mapping tools to help the public familiarize themselves with nine river segments featured in this project. Use the navigational tools to explore many aspects of the Comprehensive River Management Planning Process.

Additional Information

National Wild and Scenic River System in the U.S. Story Map - This Story Map application presents a sequence of interactive maps showing the components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system. 

Mt Hood Wild & Scenic Rivers Project Planning Page - A comprehensive river management plan is being prepared to provide for protection of river values on nine rivers. View project documents and available analysis.

Additional Wild & Scenic Rivers Planning Documents and Maps

Frequently asked Questions.

About Wild & Scenic Rivers Comprehensive River Management Planning 

Waterfall into poolIn 2009, nine rivers/streams on the Mt. Hood National Forest were designated as additions to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (123 Stat. 991, P.L. 111-11). The Omnibus Act designated 81 miles of wild and scenic rivers across Mt. Hood National Forest on the Barlow, Hood River, Clackamas, and Zigzag Ranger Districts. These designated rivers include the Collawash River, Eagle Creek, East Fork Hood River, Fifteenmile Creek, Fish Creek, Middle Fork Hood River, South Fork Clackamas River, South Fork Roaring River, and Zigzag River.

We collected input on the first step of the wild and scenic river planning. The Wild and Scenic River Act requires a Comprehensive River Management Plan for these rivers. The purpose of wild and scenic river planning is to gather information and develop management direction that protects the special values of these rivers for present and future generations. 

Rivers designated by the Wild and Scenic River Act possess outstandingly remarkable values that may include one or more of the following: scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values. In order to be assessed as outstandingly remarkable, a river-related value must be a unique, rare, or exemplary feature that is significant when compared to other rivers in the region or nation. It must also be river-related or river-dependent.

During the winter and spring of 2018, an interdisciplinary team reviewed the conditions of the nine designated rivers and made an initial determination of river values. The River Values Report summarizes the outstandingly remarkable values identified through the evaluation process to date. More information about how these values were determined and background on the resource conditions can be found in the report.