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Crabtree Creek

The value of Crabtree Creek is in its surroundings. Crabtree Creek begins at Crabtree Lake, and the shores of Crabtree Lake shelter one of the finest stands of old growth forest in the Cascades.

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The giant trees in the relatively small Crabtree Valley around the edges of Crabtree Lake are spectacular and large, including "King Tut," measured at more than 9 feet in diameter and perhaps 270 feet tall.

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King Tut

Crabtree Creek has been included in Senator Wyden’s River Democracy Act of 2021, co-sponsored by Senator Merkley, and designating Crabtree Creek as a Wild and Scenic River. The area around Crabtree Lake is on BLM land, and is protected only by an administrative decision of the BLM. Designation as a wild and scenic river for its scenic value will provide some additional protection, especially because of the expanded setback of a half-mile from the creek and lake proposed by the Act. You can review reasons for inclusion of Crabtree Creek here. You can find information on how to support the nomination here.

Photo credits: Chandra LeGue for King Tut, others Milo Mecham.

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