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Molalla River Recreation Site
Bike Trails and Tours > Molalla River Recreation Site (OR) 
40 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon.
The scenic Molalla River Corridor is a wonderful place to recreate, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors. A drive along Molalla Road offers miles of easy river access and year-round recreation opportunities. Visitors can hike, ride horses, or mountain bike within the Molalla River Shared-Use Trail System, specifically developed for non-motorized travel. It is an extensive network of forested trails that offer scenic glimpses of the Molalla River and the Cascade Range. The Molalla River Recreation Corridor includes over 5,000 acres of land along 12 miles of the scenic upper Molalla River. It extends 1.5 miles south of the Glen Avon area to the Table Rock Wilderness.
The Molalla River Recreation Site is located 9 miles southeast of Molalla. From Portland, take Interstate Highway 5 to the Woodburn Exit 271. Proceed east on State Highway 211 to Molalla. Follow signs to Dickey Prairie. Continue south on Dickey Prairie Road about 4 miles. Turn right onto the Molalla Forest Road and cross the Glen Avon Bridge. The Hardy Creek trailhead is located 3.5 miles south of the Glen Avon Bridge.
Visitor Activities
Swimming, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, picnicking, and birdwatching.
Special Features
The river provides spawning grounds for steelhead and salmon, and is stocked with rainbow trout throughout the season. A wide variety of songbirds, as well as wood ducks, grouse, and great blue herons, are known to nest in the area.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Limited. Contact BLM for more information.
Camping and Lodging
There are no developed campgrounds. Camping is allowed at designated undeveloped campsites along and near the Molalla River. Feyrer Memorial Park, located approximately 10 miles from the corridor, provides developed campsites.
Food and Supplies
Food and supplies are available in Molalla.
First Aid
Emergency services are available in Molalla, and the closest hospital is in Silverton (24 miles south on U.S. Highway 5).
Additional Information
The first 1.5 mile-stretch of the river south from the bridge is bordered by private property. Visitors should not trespass on these lands. The river can be dangerous, especially in the winter and spring when the water is high and cold. Visitors should check with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, (503) 872-5268, for current fishing regulations. Development and management of the 50-mile trail system is part of a cooperative effort with Molalla RiverWatch, Inc. (a non-profit group) and several hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian groups. Contact BLM with any additional questions.
Contact Information
BLM - Salem District Office
1717 Fabry Road
Salem, Oregon 97306
Tel: (503) 375-5646

Molalla River Photo

Flowing through the forested foothills of the Western Cascades to the Willamette River, the Molalla and its tributaries host a wide variety of streamside ecosystems. (BLM)

Molalla River Recreation Site Map

Last updated: 10-23-2009