OWSR No. 49: North Fork Crooked River

North Fork Crooked River

North Fork Crooked River near Fox Canyon Creek | Photo: Zachary Collier

Quick Facts

  • Managing Agency: Ochoco National Forest (USDA Forest Service) and Prineville District (BLM)
  • Designated Stretch: From headwaters to confluence with Crooked River with one section upstream of Deep Creek Campground not designated
  • Length: 33.7 miles (12.2 miles Wild, 8.2 miles Scenic, and 13.3 mile Recreational)
  • Outstanding Remarkable Values: Botanic, Recreational, Scenic, and Wildlife

More Information

Celebrated by Zach Collier and Doug Wiedwald on May 9 and 10, 2021 by camping and hiking along it's banks.


North Fork of the Crooked River above Upper FallsZach Collier: My friend Doug and I packed our gear up for a 2 day paddle from Deep Creek Campground to the Crooked River. After driving from Hood River and setting shuttle we reached the put-in at Deep Creek Campground and realized that the river would be too low to paddle. We stayed the night near Deep Creek and then drove dirt roads on river left to find a way to hike into Upper Falls. We parked near the border of the Wilderness Study Area and hiked to the river and along basalt cliffs above it until we found our way to Upper Falls. We'll be back when there is more water in the river!

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