North Fork Malheur Wild & Scenic River

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This North 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 7,034 acres with 22.9 miles of river. Being recognized for its outstanding remarkable values of scenery, fisheries, geology, and wildlife habitat, the river corridor is a diverse display of an upper "headwaters" riparian ecosystem. An ecosystem which originates in a mixed conifer forest, flows through ponderosa pine forests, and exits into a sagebrush/juniper desert. The upper end of the river is generally characterized by a rather broad valley carved by glacial activity. Lodgepole forests sprinkled with native wet meadows dominate, as the river slowly flows in this gentler upper valley. Views out from the river are impressive, with feelings of warmth and openness.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/24/2021: The area is not closed, however roads leading into the area may not be passible by passenger vehicle due to snow, mud and ice. Please if you Pack it in/Pack it out- anything you bring with you into the forest, please take home with you. This includes packing out all trash yours and others. Examples: cigarette butts, cans, bottles, and food. Please follow local and state health guidelines.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Prairie City, OR

General Information


From Prairie City, OR., turn onto South Main Street.  Follow South Main Street to the junction with Bridge Street.  Turn left onto Bridge Street, follow past the cemetary.  The road then becomes County Road 62.  follow County Road 62 approximately 7 miles to the junction with Forest Road 13.  Follow Forest Road 13 approximately 7 miles.  The headwaters are located on the left of Forest Road 13. Access to the northern portion of the river is excellent, however access to areas south of Crane Crossing are limited to hiking and riding stock.



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