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Rivers and Other Waterways

One of the key values of the Douglas-Fir National Monument are the rivers and other waterways that give life and charm to the forest. From the Breitenbush in the north, to the South Santiam in the south, the watersheds help define the boundaries of the proposed National Monument. In between these boundaries, the Santiam branches, Quartzville Creek, and Crabtree Creek flow through wildernesses, old growth forests and acres and acres of green. Many of these waterways are recognized for their whitewater challenges; all offer opportunities to visit stately old growth groves.

A portion of Quartzville Creek is designated as a Wild and Scenic River. The other significant and scenic waterways of the Monument have been included in Senator Wyden's groundbreaking bill, the River Democracy Act of 2021, designating many rivers in Oregon as Wild and Scenic. To review the value of these rivers, you can see the nominations. To learn how you can weigh in and thank Senator Wyden and the bill's cosponsor, Senator Merkley, click here.

Come, visit the rivers and waterways of the Doug.

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Breitenbush River
(photo courtesy of William Sullivan)

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North Santiam River

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Crabtree Creek

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Quartzville Creek

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Middle Santiam River

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South Santiam River

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Lava Lake and Park Creek

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