North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River

The North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River is a tributary of the Middle Fork Willamette River located in the Cascade Mountains of western Oregon. The river flows through the southern district of the Willamette National Forest and is known for its undammed scenic beauty, fly fishing and other outdoors recreational opportunities.  The North Fork begins its journey in the western slopes of Oregon’s Central Cascade Range, and headwaters from the beautiful, but recently forest fire ravaged Waldo Lake. It descends through a rugged and remote landscape, passing through rocky canyons, and dense forest comprised largely of Douglas-fir, Alder, Hemlock and Western Red Cedar. The river is fed by numerous small tributaries, mountain streams and springs along its 42 mile course.  The North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River offers various recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Fishing is a popular pastime, with the river supporting populations of native trout, including rainbow and cutthroat trout. Anglers can enjoy catch-and-release fly fishing  in this pristine mountainous environment.  The river also provides opportunities for hiking and camping. There are trails that follow the river and venture into the surrounding wilderness, offering breathtaking views of the rugged mountains and lush vegetation.  Wildlife is abundant in the area surrounding the North Fork. Visitors may encounter various species such as deer, elk, black bears, and a variety of bird species. Bird watching enthusiasts can spot birds like ospreys, bald eagles, mergansers, American Dippers and numerous songbirds along the riverbank and adjacent riparian forest.



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