Mt. Hood Rivers, Oregon

Oregon enjoys a reputation for some of the greatest river ecosystems and river recreation in the country.  Many of these rivers are currently protected under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act—the Rogue, Umpqua, Deschutes, Sandy and Clackamas Rivers. 
The “outstandingly remarkable” rivers of Mount   Hood provide clean drinking water and offer fantastic river recreation opportunity including rugged hiking, whitewater boating, hunting, and fishing.  They also provide some of the last, best habitat for threatened and endangered plant and animal species in western Oregon including salmon and steelhead.

Thanks to the work of American Rivers and our partners, nine of Mt. Hood’s spectacular rivers are now permanently protected through Wild and Scenic designation.  In March 2009, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, which included Wild and Scenic protections for 81 miles of Mt. Hood Rivers, including more than 20,000 acres of protected riverside land.

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Eagle Creek (8.3 miles) These headwaters of wild Eagle Creek are pristine with older Douglas-fir and hemlock, productive fish habitat, and opportunities for angling, hunting, hiking and horseback riding.

South Fork Roaring River (4.7 mile) The wild South Fork of the Roaring River cuts a path through a deep canyon offering untouched forests and excellent wildlife habitat.

South Fork Clackamas River (4.3 miles) Like the North Fork, The South Fork Clackamas River is a state scenic waterway and offers important habitat for the unique late-winter coho run.  The South Fork sets itself apart as a whitewater playground and has an array of spectacular waterfalls one of which is 100 feet tall.

Collawash River (20.3 miles) An important tributary of the Clackamas, the Collawash River has outstanding salmon and steelhead habitat, and refuge for the endangered late winter run coho salmon.  Whitewater boaters also run its scenic canyon and waterfalls.

Fish Creek (13.6 miles) Aptly named, this headwaters section of creek is considered critical to restoring Clackamas River salmon and steelhead runs.

Middle Fork Hood River (4.7 miles) This scenic river is home to the Parkdale Lava beds, evidence of dramatic geologic activity, and offers excellent wild steelhead and coho habitat.

Zigzag River (9 miles) A tributary of the Sandy River, the recreational ZigZag supports salmon and steelhead and its banks are home to the historic Barlow Trail, that last overland link of the Oregon Trail.

East Fork Hood River (13.5 miles) The river flows by steep cliffs and glacial outwash and through narrow canyons, creating an interesting and geologically complex river corridor. The stream corridor is also a major migratory route for wildlife species.

Fifteenmile Creek (11.1 miles) This river corridor provides opportunties to view scenic stands of ponderosa and vistas of the northern Oregon Cascades and provides outstanding habitat for Columbia Basin winter steelhead.

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