Crooked River (North Fork) Wild and Scenic River

From its source at Williams Prairie, the North Fork of the Crooked River in central Oregon flows through meadows, prairies and canyons before meeting up with the main stem Crooked River. Flowing for 33.7 miles (54.2 km), the North Fork of the Crooked River abounds with opportunities for enjoying remote outdoor experiences.

Deep Creek Campground directions from Prineville, OR, take US Rt. 26 east 14 miles to Ochoco R.S. sign. Turn right at sign and go 8.3 miles to Paulina sign. Turn right at sign onto Forest Rt. 42 and go 13.9 miles to another Paulina sign. Turn left and go 9.4 miles to campground on right. NOTE: Entrance to campground is very steep.

The elevation is 4,300 ft. The campground is a spur with a loop in a stand of scattered fragrant Ponderosa pine on Deep Creek and near the Wild and Scenic North Fork Crooked River. While the water is not visible from the campground, it can be heard at some sites. This rustic pack it in, pack it out campground takes pride in its semi- wilderness feel. With only a grass understory and little middlestory, privacy between sites is fair.

This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. Open mid-May through mid-October.

Less Traveled Northwest Day Hikes for the Adventurous . Impressive!!! Photos of North Fork Crooked River Hike!! ! September 13, 2011 Ochoco National Forest From a low saddle on Road 150, the hike starts south down abandoned Road 155. Following the old road for about a mile, there are views south, down North Fork Crooked River canyon.

Crooked Wild and Scenic River Originating in the lush Ponderosa pine forests of Central Oregon’s Ochoco Mountains, the Crooked River flows through diverse landscapes before descending through a desert gorge to its impounded confluence with the Deschutes River at Lake Billy Chinook. Known for its world class fishing opportunities, the Crooked River Wild and Scenic River is comprised of three distinct geographic areas: the North Fork, the Chimney Rock segment and the Lower Crooked River.

Crooked Wild and Scenic River The Crooked River is noted for its ruggedly beautiful scenery, outstanding whitewater boating and a renowned sport fishery for steelhead, brown trout and native rainbow trout. Located in central Oregon, it offers excellent hiking opportunities with spectacular geologic formations and waterfalls. A portion of the designated segment provides expert class IV-V kayaking/rafting during spring runoff. The section of river from the Ochoco National Forest to Opal Springs flows through scenic vertical basalt canyons. The Chimney Rock segment is becoming increasingly popular for the accessibility of outdoor activities.

Directions to the Crooked River at Prinville Reservoir from Biggs Junction on Hwy 84. Turn south on Hwy 97 and travel 3 and one half hours for 151 miles to the recreation facilities at the Prineville Reservoir on the Crooked River.

Lower Palisades Campground

There are nine campgrounds operated by the Bureau of Land Management on what is referred to as the Chimney Rock segment of the Lower Crooked Wild and Scenic River. The nine campgrounds are all within a seven mile stretch that lies below Bowman Dam and Prineville Reservoir. The Lower Palisades campground is located approximately 4.1 miles down the road from the face of the Bowman Dam at Prineville Reservoir. The Campgrounds are easily accessed from Prineville to the North or Bend from the South.

Big Bend Campground is first BLM campgrounds located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 0.5 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings

Poison Butte Campground is second BLM campground located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 1.3 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings.

Devil's Post Pile Campground is the third BLM campground located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 2.1 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings

Cable Rock Campground is the fourth of the BLM campgrounds located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 2.5 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings

Chimney Rock Trailhead parking area is located on the right side of S Crooked River Hwy at approximately 3.0 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. The entrance to the Chimney Rock Campground is a little further down the road a mile 3.1 on the river sided of the S Crooked River Hwy.

Lone Pine Campground is one of the BLM campgrounds located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 4.8 miles down the road from the face of the Bowmwn Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings

Stillwater Campground is one of the BLM campgrounds located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 6.1 miles down the road from the face of the Bowman Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings.

Castle Rock Campground is one of the BLM campgrounds located right on the famous trout fishing Crooked River. The campground is located approximately 7.2 miles down the road from the face of the Bowman Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Located about 30 miles east of Bend, Oregon and 10 miles south of Prineville, Oregon this campground is a quite spot to stay and enjoy the Crooked River. It is rustic with vault toilets and fire rings.

Crooked River Ranch RV Park

Check in time: 2:00pm                      Check out time: 12:00pm

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Directions to the Prinville Reservoir at Bowman Dam from Salem: Depart the Morrison St. Bridge to the Prineville Reservoir at OR-27 / S Crooked River Hwy. The trip is 161 miles and usually takes 3.5 to 4.5 hours. Exit the Morrison Street Bridge over the Willamette River in the right lane and travel 292 ft. onto OR-99E S/ OR-22 / Front St NE for 1.0 miles. Keep straight onto OR-99E / OR-22 / Pringle Pkwy SE for 0.4 miles. Turn right onto 12th St SE for 0.1 miles. Take ramp left for OR-99E/ OR-22 east toward Stayton for 0.4 miles. Keep straight onto OR-99E / OR-22 for 82.2 miles. OR-22 merges with OR-20. Keep straight onto US-20 / Or-126 for 25.0 miles. At the roundabout, take 2nd exit for 1.2 miles. Keep right to stay on US-20 for 18.2 miles. Keep straight onto US-20 E for 0.3 miles. Keep straight onto US-97 S / US-20 E for 0.2 miles. Keep straight onto US-20 / US-97 for 2.3 miles. Turn left onto US-20 / NE Greenwood Ave for 4.3 miles. Bear left onto Powell Butte Hwy for 0.9 miles. At roundabout, take 1st exit onto Alfalfa Market Rd for 9.4 miles Road name changes to Willard Rd at 2.0 miles. Road name changes to SW Willard Rd at 1.8 miles. Keep right onto SW Reservoir Rd for 6.1 miles. Road name changes to SE Reservoir Rd of unpaved road for 3.0 miles. Bear left toward OR-27 / S Crooked River Hwy for 1.1 miles. Turn left onto OR-27 / S Crooked River Hwy for 1.4 miles. Arrive at OR-27 / S Crooked River Hwy at the Prineville Reservior. The access road to the Prineville Reservoir Boat Launch is located at the south side of the Bowman Dam.

Prineville Reservoir State Park Scenic beauty, camping and water recreation at its finest in the High Desert.  Mountain waters flowing out of the Ochoco Mountain Range join to form the Crooked River. The river, confined by its canyon and the Bowman Dam, forms the 15-mile long, 3,000-acre Prineville Reservoir.  With two developed campgrounds and numerous primitive camps along its 43-mile shoreline, recreational opportunities are plentiful.

The fishing can be good anytime at Prineville Reservoir. The lake supports rainbow trout, small and largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and crayfish. The trout fishing experience is year-round, with the biggest fish being caught during the winter months either by boat or from the shore.  The bass, catfish and crappie fishing is best between May and October. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing report.

Prineville Reservoir boat launch facilities. There is a no use fee boat launch located in the lower reservoir operated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Contact 800-551-6949 for additional infomation. Comments: Due to low water levels, the ramp will remain closed to trailered boats. Kayaks, paddleboards, and other small watercraft may still be launched from the ramp. For more information: Location: 44.10605 , -120.7777. The access road to the Prineville Reservoir Boat Launch is located at the south side of the Bowman Dam.

Directions for the approximately 42.0 mile trip to the Oregon State Park recreational area at Prineville Reservoir via US-97 and US-26 from Madras Oregon. Depart US-26 / US-97 onto US-26 toward Prineville, OR. for approximately 26.2 miles. Bear left onto OR-126 E / NW 3rd St, and then keep straight onto US-26 E / NW 3rd St for 1.6 miles. Turn right onto OR-380 / NE Combs Flat Rd. for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto SE Juniper Canyon Rd for 13.4 miles. Bear right onto SE Parkland Dr for 0.7 miles. Turn right to stay on SE Parkland Dr for 0.3 Miles. Arrive at the boat ramp located on SE Parkland Dr.

Crook County Boat Ramp Day Use is a no use fee boat ramp managed by the  Crook County Parks and Recreation District. Contact 541 447 1209 for additional information. Direction to the Crook County Boat Ram Day Use Area: once accessing SE Juniper Canyon Rd turn to the right onto the County Boat Ramp Rd at mile 12.6 and follow it the boat ramp located 1.3 miles at the end of the road.

Jasper Point Day Use Ramp is a no use fee boat ramp managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Cantact  800-551-6949 for additional information. Direction to the Crook County Boat Ram Day Use Area: once accessing SE Juniper Canyon Rd follow the road 15.6 and follow it the boat ramp at the end of the road.

Roberts Bay East is a no use fee boat ramp managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Cantact 800-551-6949 for additional information. 5 mph limit within 200 feet of the shore line and no towed watersports, except for safe take-offs and landings. Access to the Robert Bay East primative boat launch begins at the face of Bowman Dam at Prineville Reservoir. Travel south on S Crooked River Hwy all of the travel is on unpaved roads for 10.9 miles. Turn left onto SE Salt Creek Rd for 5.3 miles. Stay to the right and stay on SE Salt Creek Rd. for 3.2 miles. Turn right and travel 0.2 miles and you have arrived.

Blitzen River
More formally the Donner Und Blitzen River, but known as the Blitzen, this Frenchglen-area river can be very good for native redband rainbow trout if you time your trip well. Early summer can be good but conditions can get too warm in the heat of summer. Fall again can be good. There is a modest limit allowed on the mainstem and most tributaries above Bridge Creek (southern end of the refuge), but the Little Blitzen is strictly catch and release. Artificial lures and flies must be used throughout the system. This river in on our list of Best Rivers in the Southeast Zone.

Donner und Blitzen River The Donner und Blitzen River system is designated as a Wild and Scenic River, also includes several spring-fed tributaries—South Fork Blitzen River, Little Blitzen River, Big Indian Creek, Little Indian Creek, Fish Creek, Mud Creek, and Ankle Creek—totaling 87.5 miles (140.8 km) of designated river. The river system is home to a wild, native redband trout population and the Malheur mottled sculpin, both listed as sensitive species. It is recognized by anglers as one of Oregon's finest wild trout streams. Fish species in the Blitzen River above Page Springs Dam are redband trout, mountain whitefish, longnose dace and mottled sculpin. The redband trout is the species most commonly found in the system, indicating the presence of good stream habitat, water quality and quantity. Camping is available at Page Springs Campground.

Page Springs Campground Directions From Burns, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Tum right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 60 miles to Frenchglen, Oregon. Just past Frenchglen, tum left onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road. Follow the Loop Road for approximately 3 miles before turning into Page Springs Campground to the right, just across the Donner und Blitzen River.• 90 RV Spaces (1 tent per RV site charged upon permission from staff)

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Hells Canyon Wilderness Directions: Access the southern portions of the Wilderness from trailhead at Copper Creek, approximately nine miles north of Oxbow on the Oregon side. Primitive camping and restrooms available. No fees or permits required.

Conditions vary significantly with season of use and elevation. Lower elevations may be accessible year-around, while higher elevations may retain snow well into summer months. Carefully consider time of year, topography, and elevation changes when planning your trip. Many trails are unmaintained, or seldom maintained in primitive condition.

Rugged hiking and equestrian travel in steep terrain offering breathtaking scenery and a variety of wildlife. Excellent opportunities for solitude and self-reliant, crosscountry travel. Be forwarned, the Hells Canyon Wilderness can be very hot in summer, finding reliable water sources may pose a challenge. Running water may usually be found in major tributary creeks to the Snake River. All water should be treated before drinking.

Be sure to check clothing often for ticks, especially in humid, warm weather, or when traveling through brushy terrain. Watch for rattlesnakes and give them plenty of space. Some trails have been completely destroyed by flooding and have not been reconstructed; expect primitive trail conditions and anticipate the need for cross-country travel. Overgrown vegetation along narrow trails may include thorns and poison ivy. Check bulletin boards for seasonal fire restrictions and special notices.