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

Sprague River (North Fork), Oregon

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Fremont National Forest

Designated Reach:

October 28, 1988. From the head of River Spring in the southwest 1/4 Section 15, T35S, R16E to the northwest 1/4 of southwest Section 11, T35S, R15E.


Scenic — 15.0 miles; Total — 15.0 miles.

Sprague River

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Sprague River (North Fork)

The North Fork of the Sprague flows out of the Gearhart Mountain Wilderness through broad, high-elevation meadows, before dropping into a steep basalt canyon. Its outstandingly remarkable values are scenery and geology. The river canyon offers views of a variety of vegetative patterns within a steep, narrow basaltic canyon. Vegetation color ranges from the generally green riparian areas, to the grey green of the sagebrush covered slopes to the darker green of the forested areas, with considerable seasonal variation. The river canyon below Sandhill Crossing Campground is a steep V-shaped canyon with talus slopes and high-volume springs.