Emily Little: The rivers flowing from the Cascade’s typically yield beautiful blue water flowing through stunning geology. The North Fork Middle Fork of the Willamette is one of these rivers. We paddled below the more well known “Gorge” through the class II/III section. There were quite a few fun rapids scattered throughout this 8 mile stretch along with great views snow covered trees. It looked like a great river for fishing, with big deep pools. After our paddle, we drove up and checked out the Miracle Mile, a stretch of river I will definitely be back to paddle!
OWSR No. 33: North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River
- Flows out of Waldo Lake and through the Waldo Lake Wilderness
- Outside the wilderness the river is popular for kayakers, campers, hikers, cyclists and other recreationists
- The river corridor provides habitat for Roosevelt Elk
The North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River | Photo: Zach Collier
Celebrated by Zach Collier and Emily Little on February 20, 2018 by paddling from the bottom of the gorge to Westfir.