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2 Oregon Rivers Named Scenic Waterways

Two Oregon rivers are being designated as scenic waterways.

Gov. Kate Brown announced that the new status is being assigned to portions of the Chetco in southwest Oregon and the Molalla, a tributary of the Willamette.

Oregon has 19 scenic waterways. This is the first time a river has been added to the list since 1988.

Voters passed a law in 1970 to protect scenic waterways for fish, wildlife, recreation and for their scenic, cultural and natural values.

Oregon’s previous scenic waterway designations are on

Clackamas River

Nestucca River

Deschutes River

Owyhee River

Elk River

Rogue River

Grande Ronde River

Sandy River

Illinois River

Santiam River

John Day River

Umpqua River

Klamath River

Waldo Lake

McKenzie River

Walker Creek

Metolius River

Wallowa River

Minam River

Willamette River

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<p>Oregon's Molalla River, a tributary of the Willamette.</p>
<p>Bureau of Land Management</p> /
<p>Oregon's Molalla River, a tributary of the Willamette.</p>