Crooked River


crooked riverThe Crooked River experience is one of rugged, dramatic canyons, enthusiastic fish, Wild and Scenic tracts, bald eagles and kingfishers, and cool, spring-fed headwaters. The river maintains a wild feeling, even in the most popular sections. Well-known locally for dependable fishing and routine rattlesnake sightings, this comparatively small river pro duces and supports excellent populations of trout and whitefish. In 1984, the Crooked River yielded the runner-up state record inland redband trout of 4 pounds, 9 ounces.

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General Information


From Prineville, Oregon:  

At the junction of US Hwy 26 and State Hwy. 27 (Main St.), go south on State Hwy. 27 for 6.8 miles to extreme narrowing of the canyon and start of viewing route.

Continue southeast on State Hwy. 27 for 6.6 miles to Castle Rock Campground, for another 3.1 miles to Chimney Rock Campground, and for another 3.1 miles to Bowman Dam at Prineville Reservoir outlet.

 Total Distance: 30 miles.  Estimated Time: 30 minutes



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River and Stream Fishing

The North Fork of the Crooked River originates in the Ochoco Mountains 75 miles east of Prineville, and has many smaller tributaries like Deep Creek as inputs to the main river. Angling is fair for wild rainbow trout. The South Fork of the Crooked River begins about 60 miles east of Bend. It has been stocked annually since 1981 with Deschutes red sides and also contains a few Smallmouth bass and brown bullheads. The South Fork is open only to angling with artificial flies and lures and has a reduced (2 trout per day) catch limit for trout. Check the regulations for details. The North and South Fork meet along the Post-Paulina Highway about 25 miles east of Prineville. From this point downstream to Prineville Reservoir, the river is severely affected by overgrazing and irrigation withdrawals and support only skimpy numbers of Smallmouth bass and brown bullheads.

What To Expect

Source: “Fishing Central Oregon-Third Edition”, 1998. Geoff Hill, Brooke Snavely, and Raven Wing. Sun Publishing, 716 NE 4th Street, Bend, Oregon.

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