OWSR No. 23: Whychus Creek

Kayaking Carter Falls during the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival

Whychus Creek | Photo: Zachary Collier

Quick Facts

  • Managing Agency: Deschutes National Forest (USFS)
  • Designated Stretch: Beginning at its source on the glaciers of the Three Sisters mountains and ending at the hydrological Gauging Station that is approximately 4 miles southwest of the City of Sisters in Central Oregon.
  • Designation Length: 15.4 miles (6.6 miles Wild and 8.8 miles Scenic)
  • Outstanding Remarkable Values: Geology, Hydrology, Fish, Scenic Resources, Cultural- Prehistory, and Cultural- Traditional Use
  • Wild and Scenic River Designation: October 28, 1988

More Information

Celebrated by Zach Collier on August 19 and 20, 2017 by hiking along the scenic section and along the wild section in the Three Sisters Wilderness.


North Fork of Whychus CreekZach Collier: I read about kayaking the scenic section of Whychus Creek (formerly known as Squaw Creek) on OregonKayak.net and went hiking along it to scout some of the rapids. There is a great hiking trail that goes to an overlook and down to the creek off of Three Creek Road. This is a wonderful hiking trail and a great way to get to know the creek.

The next day I went to the Pole Creek Trailhead to see Whychus Creek in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The Pole Creek Trail and Green Lakes Trail takes you across many of the tributaries of Whychus Creek which are also designated as Wild and Scenic.

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