OWSR No. 31: North Powder River

North Powder River

North Powder River | Photo: Zach Collier

Quick Facts

  • Managing Agency: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (USFS)
  • Designated Stretch: From headwaters to Wallowa-Whitman National Forest boundary
  • Designation Length: 6.4 miles (6.4 miles Scenic)
  • Outstanding Remarkable Values: Recreation and Scenery
  • Wild and Scenic River Designation: October 28, 1988

More Information

Celebrated by Zach Collier on December 13th, 2017 by hiking along it's banks.


Powder RiverZach Collier: While driving from Hood River to Boise I pulled off I-84 at the town of North Powder and drove into the Elkhorn Mountains to visit this Wild and Scenic stretch of the North Powder River. There is a 4wd road that parallels the river but it was covered by snow so I had to park near the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Boundary and hike along the river through the snow.

It was a wonderful hike up the river. I followed animal tracks up the road and typically had the river in view. After hiking for a few miles I flew my drone to get a view outside of the deep forest canyon and get a sense of the canyon. I had hope to someday kayak here and quickly learned that there are hundreds of logs spanning the river all the way down.

This is a nice place to get away from the world just 40 minutes away from Interstate 84 and I look forward to a summer hike to some of the nearby lakes.

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