site title graphic

HOME PROTECTION NATURE PLAN YOUR VISIT FAQ JOIN/DONATE ABOUT

breitenbush river with title graphic

Two forks and several tributary creeks of the Breitenbush River flow off the slopes of Mt. Jefferson through a wilderness and then through a scenic gorge. The US Forest Service has found these rivers eligible for Wild & Scenic status, which is why the Friends of Douglas-Fir National Monument nominated the streams for Wild and Scenic designation. The Lionshead fire has impacted the Breitenbush area. The degree of impact is not yet clear.

Fire is a natural part of the Cascades ecosystem. Even if some of the forests along the Breitenbush have been altered, with some trees changed from live to damaged or dead, the Breitnbush will retain its wild and scenic character. There is still life in a dead tree [insects, birds, etc.]. Protection will preserve the outstanding values of the Breitenbush streams, including the class IV rapids, and will provide a demonstration of how forests cope with and change due to a fire.

breitenbush river graphic

britegorge

breitenbush river 2 graphic

The Breitenbush and some of its inflowing tributaries offer Class IV rapids for the enthusiast. Hiking trails run along the South Fork Breitenbush Gorge National Scenic Trail and along the mainstem. Even after the fire, the river should offer opportunities for camping, recreational driving, photography, fishing, and seeking solitude. The popular hot springs in and near Breitenbush Hot Springs and Resort, which should rebuild, will continue to offer a unique perspective to enjoy the Cascades.

breitenbush river with canoe graphic

Photo courtesy of Jacob Cruser

britenbush oldgrowth

breitenbush river 3 graphic


Even after the fire, the Breitenbush will provide a scenic corridor, supporting the West Cascades Scenic Byway and the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway.

The Breitenbush and its major tributaries have been nominated for Wild and Scenic River status by the Friends of Douglas-Fir National Monument and others. You can download the Breitenbush Nomination here. You can find information on how to support the nomination here.

Return to Rivers and Waterways List