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Wasson Creek Wild and Scenic River


Wasson Creek Wild and Scenic River flows through the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness, with the Bureau of Land Management responsible for the administration f 4.2 miles of the 10.1-mile river. The river, at times a mere trickle, travels through a rugged and inaccessible old-growth forest in the Oregon Coast Range, and provides important habitat for Coho and Chinook salmon, trout, and steelhead. The surrounding wilderness’ namesake, the Devil’s Staircase, is a low cascading waterfall, created where Wasson Creek tumbles over sandstone outcroppings. Know Before You Go: Single lane gravel or paved roads border the area; a high clearance vehicle is recommended; There are no facilities or developed trails along the river; and Cell phone and GPS coverage in the area is intermittent. Point of Interest: Wasson Lake forms where Wasson River enters a low spot in the Devil's Staircase Wilderness. Location From Scottsburg, Oregon, Wasson River is approximately four miles north of the junction of Highway 88 and Wells Creek Road on Wasson Lake Road. Contact: BLM Coos Bay District 1300 Airport Lane North Bend, OR 97459 Phone: 541-756-0100 Email: 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:

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Vendor: Bureau of Land Management - Oregon

Category: Hunting & Fishing

Activities: Hunting

Published: 2020-January-22

Language: English

Size: 21.3 MB

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