River Recreation

River Recreation in Oregon

Oregon’s World-Class Rivers

Flyfishing on the Chetco River.
Copyright, Ken Morrish

Whether for kayaking, fishing, bird watching, hiking, picnicking, rafting, or just throwing a stick for a dog – people are drawn to Oregon’s rivers and streams. Every region of Oregon holds a world-class river and many beloved streams. Healthy rivers and streams inspire a growing number of river enthusiasts and, in turn, support local economies.


Taking Care of Oregon Rivers

To continue to enjoy the many river recreation opportunities that Oregon rivers provide, we must take care of our rivers. Central to caring for our rivers is ensuring that enough water is left in them to support fish, wildlife and river recreation.

Applegate River
  • Rivers need water

During certain months, so much water is diverted from some rivers that they lack sufficient water for fish, wildlife or boating. And across Oregon, more water rights are applied for each week. WaterWatch’sPrograms focus on protecting and restoring streamflows for fish, wildlife and people who depend on healthy rivers.

  • Reducing impacts of dams on river flows

Savage Rapids Dam

Dams cause serious problems on many Oregon rivers including blocking fish and boat passage, and diverting and altering river flows for power generation. WaterWatch works with other stakeholders to reduce the impact of dams on river flows, and, when appropriate, secure dam removal.


Building Demand for Change

Copyright Lana Young

People love Oregon’s world-class rivers, but we must remain vigilant in efforts to protect and restore them.

Learn more about WaterWatch’s Programs to protect and restore streamflows in Oregon rivers.

Get involved with the growing movement to safeguard our rivers by signing up for WaterWatch’s email alert network, Riveraction.


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