The Willamette National Forest is located in the western center of Oregon.
Where is this Forest?

A mountain reflectd in Linton Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness

With over 1.5 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


Enjoying the Solar Eclipse on the Willamette National Forest

A map showing the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 path of totality

For many, the 2017 total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The eclipse is expected to attract millions of visitors, many of whom may be unfamiliar with public lands in Oregon. We’ve provided some tips on how to make your visit a positive experience and how to help protect our beautiful national forest and what it has to offer…learn more

Limited Entry Permits for Obsidian Trail and Pamelia Lake Available May 1, 2017

Planning your summer adventures? There are two areas on the Willamette National Forest where a limited entry permit is required for all day use and overnight camping. Limited entry quotas in these areas help preserve the natural beauty and wilderness experience for you and future generations.

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Santiam Pass Winter Recreation

A person snowshoeing through a snowy winter landscape with trees and hills

Winter snows, spectacular views, a variety of sno-parks, and a ski area make this an ideal area for winter family fun...details

Willamette Pass Winter Recreation

A person riding a snowmobile through a snowy winter landscape

Snowshoe, cross-country ski, and snowmobile opportunities abound including a system of backcountry trails and shelters...details


Explore the Forest

Image of Menagerie Wilderness Rock Climbing

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

A screen shot of the interactive visitor map

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

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