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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Recreation

Molalla River Recreation Area

Salem District  |  OR

Season Dates:  1/1 - 12/31

Fees:  None

Enjoy a scenic drive along the Molalla River. The Molalla River Recreation, located approximately 10 miles southeast of Molalla in Clackamas County, offers easy river access and opportunities for picnicking, swimming, camping, whitewater boating and fishing. The Molalla is one of the few undammed tributaries of the Willamette River and cuts a picturesque gorge on its way to the valley floor. The Molalla River Recreation Area also serves as the gateway to Table Rock Wilderness.

Changes in 2014

Beginning in spring 2014, camping along the Molalla River from Glen Avon Bridge to Middle Fork road will be limited to developed recreation facilities at Three Bears and Cedar Grove. Dispersed campsites will be closed and rehabilitated to restore riparian vegetation and improve water quality.

New Recreation Sites

Three Bears Recreation Site is available for tent camping between May 15th and September 15th on a first-come, first-served basis. Situated on a scenic stretch of the Molalla River 4 miles south of Glen Avon Bridge, Three Bears has 15 campsites, each equipped with a tent pad, metal fire ring, BBQ grill and picnic table. The campground also has an on-site volunteer host, potable water, restrooms, and access to a beautiful cobble beach and swimming hole. A donation of $10 per night/per campsite is encouraged. All funds will be directed towards the maintenance and operation of the Molalla River Recreation Area. Cedar Grove Recreation Site is available for overnight group camping between May 15th and Sept. 15th. The site is located in a picturesque grove of western red cedar at milepost 6 on the Molalla Forest Road. Amenities include potable water, restrooms, and 11 tent camping sites each equipped with a tent pad, metal fire ring, BBQ grill, and picnic table. The entire recreation site will be available through a permitted reservation system for a group of up to 40 people. Reservations must be made at least 10 days in advance. Permit fees are $5 per person per night, up to $200. Interested groups should contact the BLM Salem District Office, (503) 375-5646.

What to Expect

The Molalla recreation corridor sits between 800 and 1200 feet in elevation. There is no cell phone service. Be aware that the main S. Molalla Forest Rd is regularly used for hauling timber and forest products. Please observe posted rules and regulations.

The Molalla River-Table Rock Recreation Area Management Plan was completed in July 2011. For more information, click on the link to the right or contact Adam Milnor, Outdoor Recreation Planner. E-mail: amilnor@blm.gov or call: 503-315-5935

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Addtional Information:

Take Out Location
Glen Avon Bridge
Put In Location
Old Bridge
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Class
Class III
River classification is a standard describing the difficulty of the river
River Length
12

Activities:

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Facilities:

Camp SitesPicnic SitesTrailsRestrooms (Accessible)

Directions:

From downtown Molalla, head east on Main St/OR 211. Veer right at the OR 211/Mathias Rd intersection, following signs for Feyrer Park. Once past Feyrer Park (operated by Clackamas County) and over the Molalla River, follow signs for Dickey Prarie and turn right. Continue south on Dickey Prarie Rd , passing the Dickey Prarie Store. 3.7 miles past the Store, turn right on Molalla Forest Rd and cross Glen Avon Bridge. Hardy Creek Trailhead is 3.5 miles south of the Bridge.

Contact Information

1717 Fabry Rd. SE
Salem, OR 97306
503-375-5646

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