North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River

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Coordinates: 43°45′30″N 122°31′27″W / 43.75833°N 122.52417°W / 43.75833; -122.52417
North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River
North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River.jpg
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 were designated wild and scenic in 1988.[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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  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River
  2. ^ a b "Area Attractions". Oakridge Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  3. ^ "North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River (Office) Covered Bridge". Oregon Covered Bridges. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  4. ^ Willamette National Forest. 1995. Watershed Analysis: North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River. Oakridge Ranger District, Oakridge, OR.
  5. ^ Nancy Graybeal, Deputy Regional Forester (December 4, 2000). "Boundary Establishment for North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette National Wild and Scenic River, Willamette National Forest, Lane County, OR". United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Removal-Fill in State Scenic Waterways". Oregon.gov. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  7. ^ "The Gorge to Westfir on the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River". WetDawg.com. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 

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