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Touring the Umatilla National Forest

Updated on October 15, 2015

Umatilla National Forest

Located in Eastern Oregon and Washington and Spanning 1.4 million acres, the Umatilla Forest offers peacefull, relaxing recreation for all traveling preferences.

The rugged explorer is allowed to camp outside of developed campgrounds in most areas free of charge.

The more conservative explorer may enjoy one of the many cabins offered throughout the forrest.

For the traditional tent camper who enjoys a maintained camping area, these are located throughout the forrest.

For the RV lifestyle many sites have been updated to accomodate the larger travel trailers of today. However, these are limited. For more information, and to be sure you will have a site to accomodate your needs when you arrive, you can contact one of the many district offices for information by following this link

Wenaha River Umatilla National Forest

Breathtaking views
Breathtaking views | Source


The forest hoasts a variety of rivers, streams, reserviors, lakes, and ponds that are home to Northwest salmon, steelhead, various trout, as well as many warm water fish species.

Umatilla River


Hundreds of miles of trails for the beginning hiker, to the most advanced who enjoys a challenge. Hike around a lake or choose to explore the rugged terrain of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.

Umatilla National Forest

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Umatilla National Forest, Pendleton, OR 97801, USA
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Bird Watching

The diversity of trees and wetlands in the forest creates a perfect habitat for various species of birds. To date there are 214 species of birds that call this vast forest home. In addition to these, large numbers of birds of various species travel through during migration.

Rock Dove

The Rock Dove is a permanant resident of the forest
The Rock Dove is a permanant resident of the forest | Source

Huckleberry Picking

If Huckleberry pie is on your list you will find an abundance of these wonderful berries throughout the forest. Huckleberry picking is a 14,000 year old native American tradition, it provides great family fun and an abundance of exercise.


Plenty of fresh Huckleberries throughout the forest
Plenty of fresh Huckleberries throughout the forest | Source

More to Do in the Forest...

Hunting- big and small game

ATV Riding


Trails for Horseback Riding

Mushroom Picking

Boating - motorized as well as non motorized

Winter Sports include skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing

Geocaching - a high tech treasure hunting game

Travel The Scenic By-Ways

Scenic By-Way Blue Mountains
Scenic By-Way Blue Mountains | Source

Blue Mountain By-Way Scenic Ride

Open Late May through October to mid November, this two lane paved road offers 130 miles of historical sites and various recreational opportunities. Visit historical mining towns, ghost towns, Willow creek Dam, Penland lake, and much more. The rich history of the Oregon trail and Native American heritage is abundant thouroughout this entire route.

Jubille Lake

Boating on Jubille Lake
Boating on Jubille Lake | Source

Relax by the Lake

Spend some time relaxing by the lake, taking in the scenery, watching nature, and enjoying family and friends. Throw a line in and catch a salmon for dinner.

However you spend your day it will not be wasted. remember to bring along a camera you will want to remember this trip for many years to come.

© 2014 starme77


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      starme77 3 years ago

      Thanks for reading and glad to hear how much you enjoy Oregon :)

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Great article. Amazing images! Very informative and enticing. I have driven the I-5 corridor and gone toward the coast and explored at Newport and areas about. My sis lives in Portland. I have thought of a two week trip with sight seeing and exploring. I think inland sounds much more appealing now rather than the coast. Or, of least split the time heavily inland. Thanks for sharing! :)