The unique features of this southern Oregon stream are its distinctive scenery that varies from a steep canyon to broad meadows. The corridor contains a diversity of terrain and plant life. The vegetation is mostly conifers mixed with scattered old-growth ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine flats, and riparian plants like willows and shrubs. Of particular significance is Sycan Marsh which includes several rare plant communities and provides wetland habitat for Sandhill cranes, bald eagles, and waterfowl.
October 28, 1988. From the northeast 1/4 of Section 5, T34S, R17E to Coyote Bucket at the Fremont National Forest boundary.
The populations of fish in the region include redband trout and several federally protected species. The river also provides potential habitat for endangered indigenous species like the shortnose and Lost River suckers.
The narrow basalt canyon and the geologic features of the canyon, especially the gigantic water sculpted boulders in the lower part of the canyon, display the dramatic geology of the region. A notable spot that displays unique geologic processes and features is Torrent Springs.
The river canyon is beautiful, filled with the diverse vegetation and gigantic water-sculpted boulders. The ponderosa pine and rimrock add interesting accents to the scenery.