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

Franklin Creek, Oregon

Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Siuslaw National Forest


Designated Reach:

March 12, 2019. From its headwaters to the private land boundary in Section 8.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 4.5 miles; Total — 4.5 miles.

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Franklin Creek

Franklin Creek flows through the Devils Staircase Wilderness, north of the Umpqua River and south of the Smith River. This rare, undeveloped portion of Oregon’s Coast Range is remote and difficult to access, characterized by steep, highly dissected terrain. The relatively pristine character of Franklin Creek’s waters allow it to serve as a reference stream for scientific research. Franklin Creek provides critical habitat for coho salmon, which are currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The 4.5-mile designated segment of Franklin Creek is managed by the U.S. Forest Service as a wild river.