Rivers and Clean Water
Oregon Wild works to protect the lakes, rivers, and streams that make our state a special place
From the thrilling whitewater of rivers like the Rogue and Clackamas to the serene beauty of the Klamath Basin wetlands, Oregon’s waters are an important part of what makes our state a special place to live, work and raise a family.
Pristine watersheds are vital for fish, wildlife and humans. Salmon, trout and steelhead need cool, clear streams and rivers for spawning, wildlife depends on our wetlands, rivers and lakes for vital habitat and sources of food, while people in communities across the state depend on forest watersheds for pure drinking water.
Oregon Wild has worked for more than 30 years to protect our state's Oregon’s rivers, lakes and wetlands from dam building, reckless logging and runaway development. From our winning campaign to protect Portland's drinking water from logging to our current work to restore balance to the Klamath Basin, Oregon Wild is the leading voice for common-sense conservation of our waters and the fish and wildlife that call them home.
Explore our online gallery of Oregon river photos.
Click on the links below to find out more about our important work:
Restoring Balance to the Klamath Basin
Mining Reform: Saving the Siskiyous
Protecting Portland’s Clean Drinking Water
Protecting the Wild Molalla River
Elk Creek Dam – Wasting Money and Killing Salmon
Forests: Keeping Our Water Clean
McKenzie River photo by Joel Zak.