Lower White River Wilderness

Lower White River Wilderness

The White River rises in the high Cascades in western Wasco County, in the Mt. Hood National Forest on the southeast side of Mt. Hood. The headwaters are just below White River Glacier in White River Canyon.

Mount Hood Wilderness protects upper portions of the river, while the 2,873-acre Lower White River Wilderness, southeast of the Mount Hood Wilderness and east of Highway 26, provides a buffer for a lower segment of the river.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Free, self-issued Wilderness permits are required when provided at a trail portal from May 15 thru October 15.
Closest Towns: Dufur, OR
Information Center: Barlow Ranger District: (541) 467-2291‚Äč

General Information


There are no maintained trails within Lower White River Wilderness, but the Keeps Mill Campground is located just west of the Lower White River Wilderness.

From Dufur, OR - follow US-197 south to OR-216 W travel past the forest boundary and through a small section of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation to Forest Road 2120. Follow 2120 north to the Keeps Mill Campground, which is located along the Wild and Scenic White River just west of the Lower White River Wilderness boundary.

Map of Lower White River Wilderness designated in 2009

Lower White River Wilderness (PDF File)

Topo Maps

Rock Creek Reservoir, Post Point. Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo maps.

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