Wild and Scenic Imnaha River

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

 

 

 

The Wild and Scenic Imnaha River is the longest wild and scenic river on the Forest. Originating near Cusick Mountain the 77 mile river flows through the Eagle Cap Wilderness and the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, across miles of private lands and eventually into the Wild and Scenic Snake River.

 

 

 

 

Designation

The Wild and Scenic Imnaha River was congressionally designated in 1988 under the Oregon Omnibus Rivers Act (P.L. 100-557). A total of 15 miles was designated as 'wild', four miles as 'scenic', and 58 miles as 'recreation' river. Current management of the river is directed with the 1993 Imnaha River Wild and Scenic River Management Plan. The river plan identified outstandingly remarkable values for the river as; scenery, recreation, fisheries, wildlife, historic/prehistoric, vegetation/botanical, and tradition values/lifestyle adaptation.

Main Recreation and Access Points

Some of the main recreation sites and access points along the river include:

Location

The Imnaha River is located on the eastern section of the Eagle Cap Wilderness and west side of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. It is 44 miles from Enterpise, Oregon and 34 miles from Halfway, Oregon.

River Management

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

1993 Imnaha River Wild and Scenic River Management Plan

Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact, Imnaha River Wild and Scenic River Management Plan; Forest Plan Amendment No. 6 (73 KB)

 

For More Information

More information about the Wild and Scenic Imnaha River can be found at the national wild and scenic river website.