About the Middle Fork Willamette


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; Bradshaw’s lomatium; Bull trout (Columbia River population); Salvelinus confluentus pop. 2, Gray wolf; and Willamette Valley daisy.
  • Communities: Oakridge, Westfir, Dexter, Lowell, Fall Creek, Lost Creek, Jasper, Pleasant Hill and south Springfield


  • The Middle Fork Willamette watershed is a host to hiking/biking/running 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.

Lane County Parks

Oregon State Parks

Willamette National Forest