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Middle Fork Willamette Watershed

map of the Middle Fork Willamette watershed

Watershed factoids:

Size: 865,920 acres
Population: approx. 24,000
Land Use: 94.65% forest (72% public, 28% private)
1.91 % water
1.32% non-range agricultural
1.3% urban & rural residential
0.53% wetlands

Endangered Species:
Chinook salmon (Upper Willamette River ESU, spring run); Oncorhynchus tshawytscha pop. 23, Northern spotted owl; Oregon chub; Bald eagle; Bradshaw’s lomatium; Bull trout (Columbia River population); Salvelinus confluentus pop. 2, Gray wolf; and Willamette Valley daisy.

Encompasses: Oakridge, Westfir, Dexter, Lowell, Little and Fall Creek, Lost Creek, Jasper, Pleasant Hill and south Springfield


The Middle Fork Willamette watershed is a host to hiking trails, fishing, water and snow sports and much more. Over a half a million acres of the watershed is public forest land. Follow the links below to discover more about what's available to you.

Oregon State Parks

  • Dexter State Recreation Site
  • Elijah Bristow State Park
  • Fall Creek State Recreation Area
  • Jasper State Recreation Site
  • Lowell State Recreation Site
  • Willamette National Forest