Sandy River Corridor

Sandy River Corridor.
Photo by Josh Kling/Western Rivers Conservancy.

The Sandy River Basin is a scenic and recreational treasure located within 25 miles of one-third of Oregon’s citizens. Nearly a quarter million visitors each year are drawn to the scenic deep gorges, adventurous whitewater, runs of wild salmon and steelhead and the Barlow Road portion of the Oregon National Historic Trail tracing the ridge that divides the Sandy and Little Sandy sub-basins. The area also includes two federally designated Wild and Scenic River segments.

The Sandy and Salmon Rivers descend from the forested slopes of Mount Hood, harboring a rich diversity of animal and plant populations, within secluded riparian and wetland areas. Lower Columbia chinook and coho salmon and steelhead use these turbulent waters for spawning. Old growth stands of Douglas-fir contain prime habitat for the threatened northern spotted owl.

For further information about BLM’s Sandy River Basin Plan contact:

Zachary Jarrett, Cascades Outdoor Recreation Planner
email: zachary_jarrett@blm.gov or call: 503-375-5610

Cindy Enstrom, Cascades Field Office Manager
(503) 315-5969