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North Fork Silver Creek Wild and Scenic River


Welcome to the rugged, remote Silver Creek canyon. Travel to the end of the road to explore waterfalls plunging into deep blue-green pools. Wander along the creek or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the sounds of nature and the solitude surrounding you. There are no picnic tables or amenities in this area. Please respect the land and others, by leaving no trace that you have been there! Know Before You Go: •Use caution when exploring along the creek-there are rock outcrops, slippery rocks and cold, sometimes swift, water; •Access is along remote forest road system, that is not accessible in winter; •Be aware of and respect that there are mining claims in the area; •Pack it in Pack it out-no garbage or toilet facility; and •The area at the end of the road is closed to shooting. Point of Interest: Dispersed camping, day use, swimming, fishing. The North Fork Silver Creek contains fall chinook salmon, winter steelhead, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. There is evidence of past wildfires in the area, including 2002’s Biscuit Fire. Location: Travel west from Merlin, Oregon along the Merlin-Galice Road. Turn onto the Galice-Hellgate Back Country Byway (Galice Access Road/Bear Camp Road) and continue for approximately eight miles to the North Fork Silver Creek Road (road 35-9-1). Contact: Grants Pass Oregon BLM (541)471-6614 On March 12, 2019, President Trump signed the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Public Law 116-9 also known as the Dingell Act), a comprehensive public land management bill with over 170 separate sections that affect almost every state in the nation. Among the spectacular new additions to the National Landscape Conservation System in Oregon/Washington include: • the designation of approximately 200 miles of wild and scenic rivers in the Coos Bay, Medford, and Northwest Oregon Districts. These 48 wild, scenic, and recreational segments are spread across nine newly designated wild and scenic rivers and two pre-existing designations. • the designation of the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness in the Coos Bay District; and • an adjustment of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area boundary in the Prineville District in central Oregon. These 48 river segments add to the 25 wild and scenic rivers, comprising over 800 miles, managed by BLM in Oregon. These rivers are designated for preservation of their free-flowing condition, water quality, and outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, cultural, or other values and managed in accordance with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Before visiting these rivers, be sure to check with the local BLM office to learn about the river including river conditions, potential hazards (e.g. underwater terrain) and allowed water activities. Know your limits and pick an appropriate activity for your group's size and ability. Check that everyone has a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket and that each person's life jacket fits properly. Develop a Plan B in case things change and you can't do your planned activity. Complete and share your Trip Plan with someone who is not going on the trip. Develop a plan of action so you know what to do if there is an emergency (e.g. you go overboard, your boat flips, hazardous river conditions). Always wear your life jacket! Stick to your intended route. Keep an eye on environmental changes (weather, wildlife, water conditions etc.) and your group to assess if you should continue your trip or turn back. More information on these outstanding National Conservation Lands in Oregon/Washington is available online:

Price: Free

Vendor: Bureau of Land Management - Oregon

Category: Hunting & Fishing

Activities: Hunting, Camping, Fishing

Published: 2020-January-22

Language: English

Size: 19.2 MB

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