Touring the Umatilla National Forest
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
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.
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
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.
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.
More to Do in the Forest...
Hunting- big and small game
Trails for Horseback Riding
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
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.
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.
Eastern Oregon Travel Guide
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