Spring 2017 Update
The State Parks and Recreation Department is making progress in the
study of three river segment candidates for possible recommendation for
inclusion in the State Scenic Waterway program. These river segments
• Nehalem River (Spruce Run Campground to Nehalem Falls, approximately 15 miles, within Clatsop and Tillamook Counties)
• South Umpqua River (Castle Rock Fork to Tiller, approximately 27 miles, within Douglas County)
• North Santiam River (Wilderness boundary to Bruno Mountain Road, approximately 20 miles, within Marion and Linn Counties)
(Each segment is approximate and will be refined as study progresses)
The studies include an assessment of eligibility to meet the following general criteria:
• Free-flowing nature of the waterway;
• Scenic quality, as viewed from the river; and
• Natural and recreational resources, including the ability of the waterway and its setting to sustain recreational use.
This assessment process includes
consultation with the State Fish and Wildlife Commission, the State
Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Quality Commission, the
Department of State Lands, and the Water Resources Department.
of the three river segments being studied have unique characteristics
causing them to work through the process with different timelines. The
State Parks and Recreation Department will provide updates as we
progress through the eligibility assessments and field visits of each
river segment. After each assessment is complete the Department will
hold public meetings and stakeholder group meetings.
An extensive field visit has been
scheduled for early May. Once the field visit is completed the
department can begin writing the Study report, a draft of which will be
presented at future public meetings for input and feedback. The
recommendation for this river segment is tentatively planned for the
fall of 2018.
South Umpqua River
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff will be conducting an initial field visit this spring to the South Umpqua River to continue to study the segment Castle Rock Fork to Tiller, approximately 27 miles,
within Douglas County. There are portions of this segment that are
challenging to study because they are not readily floatable and
therefore difficult to assess.
North Santiam River
Evaluation of eligibility requirements continue. A field visit has not been scheduled at this time.
Molalla and Chetco Rivers Designated
Governor Kate Brown designated two new State Scenic
Waterways. Portions of the Chetco and Molalla Rivers were chosen as
rivers that meet the Scenic Waterways Act criteria for outstanding
scenic, fish, wildlife, geological, botanical, cultural, and outdoor
recreation opportunities. The designations are now effective following the adjournment sine die of the Legislative Assembly on March 3, 2016.
Advisory Committee and Public Meetings
Meeting Materials are available online from previous meetings for the Chetco and Molalla River scenic waterway study areas.