Crooked River, OR

Crooked Wild and Scenic River - Chimney Rock (1/4-mile downstream from the center crest of Bowman Dam to Dry Creek)

The Federally designated Wild and Scenic 8-mile Chimney Rock segment of the Lower Crooked River is located 12 miles south of Prineville, Oregon.

It contains outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreation, and fish values in addition to its important hydrologic, wildlife, geologic, cultural, vegetation, and ecological resource values.

The river meanders through a very scenic, rugged canyon that includes towering basalt cliffs up to 600 feet high, with scattered western juniper growing on its steep hillsides. State Scenic Highway 27, which is adjacent to the river on the cast bank, is also National Backcounty Byway. Several primitive BLM camping areas and the Chimney Rock Recreation Site are also located on the east bank between the highway and the river.

Outstanding fishing opportunities exist for catching rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, and an occasional smallmouth bass. (BLM/BOR)


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Crooked River - BLM River

Section Details

Trip Length 14.8 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Manager Bureau of Land Management, Prineville District
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
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Photo Credit: Bob Wick