Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Crooked River (North Fork), Oregon

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Managing Agency:

Bureau of Land Management, Prineville District
U.S. Forest Service, Ochoco National Forest

Designated Reach:

October 28, 1988. From its source at Williams Prairie to one mile from its confluence with the Crooked River.


Wild — 12.2 miles; Scenic — 8.2 miles; Recreational — 13.3 miles; Total — 33.7 miles.

North Fork Crooked River


Crooked River (North Fork) Management Plan (10.4 MB PDF)

Photo Credit: Tim Palmer

Crooked River (North Fork)

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.

Outstandingly Remarkable Values


Old-growth Ponderosa pine is the headline act in the river corridor. Other players among the wide assortment of species include upland sagebrush, juniper and mountain mahogany.


The canyon sections of the river provide relatively pristine opportunities for fishing, hiking, hunting and other semi-primitive experiences. The remoteness, solitude, natural beauty and a wide variety of flora and fauna contribute to the recreation values.


Outstanding scenic views include wet meadows, rocky cliffs and old-growth Ponderosa pine forests. Downstream from the river's confluence with Deep Creek, the landscape elements include steep-sided volcanic canyons interspersed with old-growth Ponderosa pine forests and riparian meadows.


Mule deer, elk, coyotes and various birds of prey use the river corridor for feeding, nesting, shelter, or travel, and bald eagles use the river corridor during the winter. Wild rainbow and redband trout occur throughout the river.