OWSR No. 44: Little Deschutes River

The Little Deschutes River

The Little Deschutes River | Photo: Zach Collier

Quick Facts

  • Managing Agency: Deschutes National Forest (USFS)
  • Designated Stretch: Headwaters to the private property boundary at Two River North subdivision
  • Designation Length: 12 miles (12 miles Recreational)
  • Outstanding Remarkable Values: Scenery, Vegetation, Geology & Hydrology, Wildlife, Fish Habitat, Recreation, and Water Quality/Quantity
  • Wild and Scenic River Designation: October 28, 1988

More Information

Celebrated by Zach Collier on September 21, 2018 by driving up the river canyon and hiking along its bank.


Zach Collier: While driving from Hood River to Reno I decided to stop at the Little Deschutes River to drive up the canyon and go for a hike. This small river is much like nearby Marsh and Crescent Creeks, also National Wild and Scenic Rivers. It is a small meandering stream that flows through a marshy area among a high elevation forest. The Wild and Scenic section of the Little Deschutes River is different from Marsh and Crescent Creeks since it flows over pumice and through a classic glaciated valley. I saw quite a few other trucks on the dirt roads near the creek and as I was hiking along the creek saw quite a few deer.

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