Scenic Waterway Program
Oregon's diversity of river systems contributes richly to our quality of life. Oregonians decided to protect special waterways in 1970 when they voted two-to-one to establish the Oregon Scenic Waterways Program. The program seeks to balance protection and use through cooperation between federal, state, and local agencies as well as individual property owners and those who recreate along a waterway. The program goals include:
- Protect the free-flowing character of designated rivers;
- Protect and enhance scenic and natural values, recreation, and fish and wildlife
- Protect private property rights;
- Encourage other agencies to act consistently with the goals of scenic waterways
OPRD must be notified of certain activities proposed within a quarter mile of the banks of and visible from Oregon's designated scenic waterways. Activities may include:
Although there are specific Oregon Administrative Rules
(OARs) that relate directly to each scenic waterway, there are other
OARs that apply to all state scenic waterways. See the Scenic Waterway Rule page for more information.
- Construction or improvements of buildings, utilities such as roads or other structures
- Logging or tree removal
Please contact the scenic waterway staff contact listed for each waterway to determine if a notification is required for your proposed activity. Once you have determined a notification is necessary, forms are available on this page.
Forms for Scenic Waterways
Scenic waterway notifications may be required for
modifications to the landscape (including improvements such as homes,
road building, tree removal or mining activities) within designated
waterways. All forms are PDF fillable forms, although signatures are required.
Scenic Waterways Contacts
(interim while this position is filled)
Central Oregon Rivers: Klamath, Upper Rogue, Upper Deschutes, Metolius
Eastern Oregon Rivers: Lower Deschutes, John Day, Grande Ronde, Wallowa, Minam, Owyhee
North Valley Rivers: Sandy, Molalla, Clackamas Rivers
South Valley Rivers: Little N. Fork Santiam, South Fork McKenzie, McKenzie, N.F Middle Fork Willamette, North Umpqua