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2 Oregon Rivers Named Scenic Waterways

Oregon's Molalla River, a tributary of the Willamette.

Oregon’s Molalla River, a tributary of the Willamette.

Bureau of Land Management

Two Oregon rivers are being designated as scenic waterways.

Gov. Kate Brown announced that the new status is being assigned to portions of the Chetco in southwest Oregon and the Molalla, a tributary of the Willamette.

Oregon has 19 scenic waterways. This is the first time a river has been added to the list since 1988.

Voters passed a law in 1970 to protect scenic waterways for fish, wildlife, recreation and for their scenic, cultural and natural values.

Oregon’s previous scenic waterway designations are on

 Clackamas River
 Nestucca River
 Deschutes River
 Owyhee River
 Elk River
 Rogue River
 Grande Ronde River
 Sandy River
 Illinois River
 Santiam River
 John Day River
 Umpqua River
 Klamath River
 Waldo Lake
 McKenzie River
 Walker Creek
 Metolius River
 Wallowa River
 Minam River
 Willamette River

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