North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River

North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River
North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River
The river as seen from the North Fork Trail
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lane
Source Waldo Lake
 - location Cascade Range
 - coordinates 43°46′1″N 122°3′11″W / 43.76694°N 122.05306°W / 43.76694; -122.05306 [1]
Mouth Middle Fork Willamette River
 - elevation 1,033 ft (315 m) [1]
 - coordinates 43°45′30″N 122°31′27″W / 43.75833°N 122.52417°W / 43.75833; -122.52417 [1]
Location of the mouth of the North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River in Oregon

The North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River as it is officially named[1] but frequently called North Fork of the Willamette River or North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River has its headwaters at Waldo Lake and flows into the Middle Fork Willamette River northwest of Oakridge. In the first three miles (5 km) below Waldo Lake, the river drops 2,400 feet (730 m) in 34 separate waterfalls through diverse natural plant life and old growth forest.[2]

The river has Oregon's longest covered bridge crossing it at Westfir, the Office Bridge.[3] Portions of the river are designated wild and scenic since 2001.[4][5] The portion from Waldo Lake to one mile (1.6 km) upstream from Westfir is designated scenic by the State of Oregon[6] and is known for its native trout by fly fishermen.[2]

The river above Westfir is rated as class 3-4 (5) whitewater. Recommended flow range is 500 to 3000 CFS.[7]

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The river as seen from the Office Bridge in Westfir, Oregon

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