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Salmon River

Gorgeous scenery, rare plant and animal life, and abundant recreational opportunity are features of Oregon’s Salmon River, less than an hour from Portland in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

  • Located in close proximity to both Portland and Mt. Hood.
  • Day-use forest park Wildwood Recreation Site, open March-November, provides easy river access and nature trails.
  • Camping, hiking, fishing, and skiing are popular along the Salmon.


Oregon’s Salmon River is one of the few rivers in the country designated a National Wild and Scenic River for its entire length. This clear, wild river flows in an arc from Mt. Hood through the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness to empty into the Sandy River near Brightwood. Diverse scenery viewed from the river includes Mt. Hood, deep river canyons, and six waterfalls along one three-mile segment of the waterway. Although just 33.5 miles long, the Salmon is a popular destination for outdoor adventure.

Location & Information

The Salmon River heads on Mt. Hood and courses on a south, west, and northwestern arc to meet the Sandy River near Brightwood in the Mt. Hood Villages.

To reach the Wildwood Recreation Site for easy day-use access to the Salmon River, take U.S. Highway 26 east from Portland to the 39-mile marker and follow the signs. Wildwood is open from mid-March through Thanksgiving weekend; obtain more information at (503) 622-3696.


  • Wildwood Recreation Site is a 550-acre day-use forest park, offering the Cascade Streamwatch and Wetland Boardwalk interpretive trails, picknicking, and an underwater fish viewing chamber.
  • Fishing—summer steelhead fishery on the river, plus trout, Chinook and Coho salmon.
  • Hiking trails.
  • Camping—several campgrounds lie along the Salmon almost to its source, some only accessible via hiking trails.
    Nordic and alpine skiing.

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