Malheur Wild and Scenic River

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The middle fork of the Malheur River was one of forty rivers originally designated in the Omnibus Oregon Wild and Scenic River Act of 1988. Residing completely on National Forest System lands, the entire wild and scenic river boundary encompasses 3,758 acres with 12.0 miles of river.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/08/2018: Malheur Wild and Scenic River is currently open and accessible permitting weather conditions. Be equipped for rapidly changing weather situations (rain, mud, and snow), plan ahead, and travel prepared. Always let someone know of your plan and expected location.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles allowed in river canyon south of Malheur Ford.
Closest Towns: Seneca, OR

General Information


The Malheur River is located approximately 27 miles south of Prairie City, Oregon, in the Blue Mountains. To get to the Malheur Ford, from Prairie City, Oregon turn onto South Main Street.  Continue to the junction with Bridge Street.  Turn left on to Bridge Street, continue past the cemetary, the road then becomes County Road 62.  Continue on County Road 62 for approximately 25 miles to the junction with Forest Road 16.  Turn west on Forest Road 16 and continue for approximately 5 miles to the junction with Forest Road 1647.  Turn south on Forest Road 1647 and follow signs south for 7 miles. Access to the river is limited with most vehicle use occurring along the northern part. Other areas are accessible by hiking and riding stock.


Parking is limited at the Malheur Ford. 



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  Area/Length : 
12 miles