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Molalla River at Molalla River Recreation Area - map

Nearest town is Molalla, OR

The Molalla River runs from its headwaters in the Cascade Mountains Northwest to the Willamette River. The Molalla River provides clean drinking water to the cities of Molalla and Canby. Winter steelhead and salmon runs share the river with kayakers and rafters. There are over 30 miles of non-motorized trails with waterfalls and viewpoints to exlore along the Molalla River. 

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About this State Scenic Waterway

The Molalla River is a designated State Scenic Waterway between its confluence with Table Rock Fork and the Glen Avon Bridge (13 miles).

Oregon's diversity of river systems contributes richly to our quality of life. Oregonians decided to protect special waterways in 1970 when they voted two-to-one to establish the Oregon Scenic Waterways Program. The program seeks to balance protection and use through cooperation between federal, state, and local agencies as well as individual property owners and those who recreate along a waterway.  The program goals include:

  • Protect the free-flowing character of designated rivers;
  • Protect and enhance scenic and natural values, recreation, and fish and wildlife
  • Protect private property rights; 
  • Encourage other agencies to act consistently with the goals of scenic waterways


This river stretch was nominated by Laurel Hillmann, Oregon State Scenic Waterways Program, 503-986-0700



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