A mountain reflectd in Linton Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness

With over 1.6 million acres, the Willamette National Forest is home to eight wilderness areas, including the popular Three Sisters Wilderness and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, a variety of backpacking and day hiking opportunities, waterfalls, wildflowers, mountain biking trails, boating, swimming and much more! The varied landscape of high mountains, narrow canyons, cascading streams, and wooded slopes offers excellent opportunities for visitors and make the forest valuable for many purposes. Learn More About The Forest.


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Recent News


Healthy Watersheds, Healthy Communities

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Modeled after a U.S. Forest Service program on the East Coast, the Freshwater Snorkel Program on the Willamette National Forest, is beginning its second year.  In partnership with the Calapooia Watershed Council and South Santiam Watershed Council, the program allows underserved and underrepresented youth, as well as youth from rural schools and communities, to learn about watershed health and where their water comes from through snorkeling.  Click here for more information

Final Decision Issued for Central Cascade Wilderness Strategy Project

Fall color in maple trees along a creek in the forest

The Deschutes and Willamette National Forests have issued a decision notice for the Central Cascades Wilderness Strategy Project. The decision will manage entry at trailheads within three Cascade wilderness areas beginning the summer of 2020.

From the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through the last Friday in September, wilderness day use will be managed with a permit system at 19 of 79 trailheads across Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness areas.

• Mount Jefferson will have a day use permit system at seven trailheads (32 percent of all trailheads),

• Mount Washington will have a day use permit system at two trailheads (20 percent of all trailheads) and

• Three Sisters will have a day use permit system at 10 trailheads (21 percent of all trailheads).


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Explore the Forest

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Explore distinctive recreation opportunities on each of the four ranger districts. From camping to hiking to biking to boating and more...go play

Interactive Visitor Map

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The interactive visitor map lists recreation areas, roads and trail systems, so you can digitally explore and find your next adventure.


Recreation Conditions

Sahalie Falls tumbles over rocks surrounded by a lush green forest

Displays area conditions for all camping and cabins on the Willamette National Forest as well as popular recreation sites.

Accessible Adventures

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We strive to offer areas in the forest where everyone can experience the many natural wonders the area has to offer. Watch our Accessible Adventure Videos