Class II-III S. Fork Alsea River, OR

Hubert McBee Memorial Park to Rock Quarry Weir

The South Fork Alsea River is a tributary of the Alsea River in the U.S. state of Oregon. It begins at northeast of Horton on the east side of the Central Oregon Coast Range and flows generally northwest to near Alsea. There it joins the North Fork Alsea River to form the main stem.


Fishing in Oregon describes the South Fork as "fair-sized" stream with an average width of 40 feet (12 m). Fishing for wild cutthroat trout is "excellent", and the stream also supports a population of steelhead. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees much of the territory through which the river flows.


Alsea Falls Recreation Area, managed by the BLM, is along the river. Open from May 1 through October 31, it has campsites and day-use sites with tent pads, fire rings, picnic tables, toilets, and drinking water. (BLM)

Section Details

Trip Length Full Day, 6.9 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit No
Manager Bureau of Land Management, Northwest Oregon District
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail No
Description American Whitewater