Wild and Scenic Minam River

Wild and scenic Minam River flowing through a pine and fir tree forest


The Wild and Scenic Minam River is completely within the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Originating at Blue Lake and Minam Lake at around 7700 feet, the river winds its way down Minam Canyon and eventually ends at the Forest boundary near 2950 feet. Along the river is the historic Red Horse Ranch which is now used as a backcountry administrative site.



The Wild and Scenic Minam River was congressionally designated in 1988 under the Oregon Omnibus Rivers Act (P.L. 100-557). All 41.9 miles of the river were designated as 'wild'. Current management of the river is directed with the 1995 Minam River Wild and Scenic River Management Plan. The river plan identified outstandingly remarkable values for the river as; scenery, recreation, fisheries, wildlife, and geology.

Main Recreation and Access Points

Due to remoteness of the river in the wilderness, most recreation sites and access points require hiking or riding into them:


The Minam River is located in the northern section of the Eagle Cap Wilderness, and is 39 miles from Enterprise, Oregon, and 34 miles from La Grande, Oregon.

River Management

The Wild and Scenic Minam River is managed by the following management plan and associated documents;

Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact, Minam River Wild and Scenic River Management Plan; Forest Plan Amendment No. 16 (501 KB)

For More Information

More information about the Wild and Scenic Minam River can be found at the national Wild and Scenic Rivers website.