Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Management Plan

The Management Plan establishes the primary management direction for the Scenic Area, providing a framework for what we do and where it is done. All other plans tier to the management plan. 

Monitoring Reports

Monitoring reports document our management activities and accomplishments while comparing these actions to the Management Plan direction, as well as projected outputs.

Wild and Scenic River Management Plans

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for future generations. US Forest Service at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area manages two Wild and Scenic Rivers in Washington the Klickitat and White Salmon Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Land and Resource Management Plans

Interagency Recreation Management Strategy

Two people hike on a gravel trail in an open meadow-like area.The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a world renowned recreation destination for a multitude of outdoor activities. The popularity and diversity of recreation activities continues to grow through the promotion of tourism and a general increase in awareness. The demand for access to Gorge landscapes has increased, while the funding available for recreation planning, management, maintenance, and staff support has decreased.

The following report was prepared by an interagency team of recreation managers to assist public agencies in understanding the current state of recreation demand and land management capacity in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The report identifies several management strategies recommended as an interim solution until a more involved regional public planning effort is completed. The strategies contained in this report are working strategies, developed specifically to address the current needs and concerns of resource and recreation managers.  

Travel Analysis

Historic Highway parking area at Wahkeena Falls.The U.S. Forest Service completed a travel analysis report outlining existing road systems and identifying opportunities to achieve a more sustainable system of roads for Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

This travel analysis report is part of nationwide requirement involving national forests across the country.

State Route 14 and Dog Mountain Trailhead Congestion and Safety Plan

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area attracts many visitors due to its abundant recreational destinations as well as other sites of interest. As more people use Washington State Route 14 (SR 14) to access places like Dog Mountain Trailhead, traffic congestion and safety concerns increase. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is partnering with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to develop a congestion and safety plan for SR 14 and Dog Mountain Trailhead. We need your help to identify challenges in the corridor.

Share your concerns on safety and congestion on SR 14 and at Dog Mountain Trailhead by visiting our online open house, which will be available until February 1, 2021.

We will be hosting three online open houses in January, April and June 2021.

For this first online open house, we are inviting the public to share their observations so that we can ensure they are considered during development of the plan. The final plan will include a comprehensive package of strategies that can be implemented by local, state and federal agencies to address the transportation and safety needs of those using SR 14 to access the Gorge.

Provide input on traffic congestion & safety issues related to State Route 14 and Dog Mountain Trailhead:

Recreation Facility Analysis

Find out about the inventory, evaluation, and planning for recreation sites: what sites will be maintained and at what level.