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Welcome to Molalla River Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 1992 by a group of local citizens for the purpose of protecting, preserving, and restoring the flora, fauna and water quality of the Molalla River and its tributaries. Concerned with the excessive amount of garbage dumped along the river bank and often into the river, we are committed to promoting respect and understanding of the Molalla River watershed through education and conservation for present and future generations.

The membership is composed of a diverse group of local people. Our common bond is a love for the Molalla and the beauty and recreational activities it provides.

In 2009, OWEB recognized Molalla River Watch as the Molalla River Watershed Council. Read the Press Release...

Events – Save the Date   News
Sunday, September 13, 2015 – Horses, Hikers and Mountain Bikers Poker Ride/Hike
Horses, Hikers and Mountain Bikers Poker Ride/Hike
Sunday, September 13, 9:00 AM. Last riders or hikers must be on the course by 11:00 AM.

Hardy Creek Trailhead, Molalla River Recreation Corridor, (9 miles southeast of Molalla). Follow signs to Feyrer Park, cross the river and turn right following Dickey Prairie Rd. (keep Dickey Prairie Store on your left) about 4.5 miles, turn right and cross the Glen Avon Bridge. Follow the paved Molalla Forest Road 3.5 miles to Hardy Creek Trailhead.
More details:
View the flyer (PDF)
October 17, 2015 – Molalla River Cleanup and Molalla River Corridor Enhancement
Molalla River Cleanup and Corridor Enhancement
It is time for a celebration! Molalla River Watch adopted 12 miles of the Molalla River in the Molalla River Corridor in 1992 through the SOLVE Adopt-A-River program and has been coordinating two annual river-cleanups for 23 years.

Meet at Feyrer Park near Molalla at 9 AM. Volunteers can register when they arrive, or register online via the SOLVE website.
Bring gloves, wear sturdy shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather. Volunteers will disperse to the Molalla River Corridor and other public river access areas near Molalla for river cleanup, trailwork or enhancement activities. Return to Feyrer Park in the afternoon for the Volunteer Appreciation BBQ.
Board Meetings:
Now the Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Molalla Public Library. Details on our calendar...
Molalla River Watch Celebrating 23+ Years!
In 1992, Molalla River Watch adopted 12 miles of the Molalla River in the Molalla River Corridor through the SOLVE Adopt-A-River program and has been coordinating two annual river cleanups for 20+ years.
August 2015 – Molalla Proposed for State Scenic Waterways Designation
Molalla River Watch Chair, Bill Taylor is part of the Advisory Committee working with Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to draft a Molalla River Management Plan for the potential designation of the upper Molalla River, from Table Rock Fork downstream to the Glen Avon Bridge, as an Oregon State Scenic Waterway.
Public comments on the draft plan are being accepted by email and mail through Aug. 19, 2015. Scenic waterways staff will incorporate public comments into a report for OPRD commissioners to review in November. The governor will make the final decision on designation in December. If the river is designated, OPRD will host additional meetings to gather public comments during the rule-making process. Comments can be submitted by email to or mailed to OPRD Scenic Waterways Program, 725 Summer St. Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. The draft plan, meeting materials and other information are available at .
2015 Spring Newsletter April 2015 – Spring Newsletter
You can read all about our recent projects in our newsletter, Splashes from the Molalla River. Find out about fish surveys, knotweed removal, creek restorations, celebrations and fun facts.
We are also excited to introduce our new Restoration Project Coordinator, Asako Yamamuro!

Check out the Spring Newsletter (PDF).
February 2015 – Have You Seen this Frog?
Redlegged Frog - Photo by Vadebergh ODFW ODFW and Molalla River Watch are looking for habitats with amphibian egg masses, frogs, salamanders, and/or turtles to record their range and identify potential restoration projects. Molalla River Watch can help landowners find funds for habitat improvement projects to provide high quality aquatic habitats for native frogs and turtles to thrive. Molalla River Watch is committed to assisting local landowners in accomplishing their wildlife habitat and pond/streamside property goals. Read more in the Survey Description (PDF) or in The Molalla Pioneer
Threatened Minnow Found In Molalla River Basin: 
"ODFW’s Native Fish Investigations Program recently teamed up with the Molalla River Watch. The result – the first sighting of Oregon chub in the lower Willamette basin in 60 years. ... Historically, Oregon chub occupied the Willamette River from the mouth of the Clackamas to the Coast Fork and Middle Fork of the Willamette River.  However, the last observation of Oregon chub in the lower Willamette was at Oregon City in 1953."
-- Read the full article, by Peggy Savage, in the Molalla Pioneer (also in OPB News).
UPDATE Feb. 2015: "Oregon chub removed from Endangered Species List"Molalla Pioneer
and "Oregon Chub Becomes the First Fish to Be Taken Off the Endangered Species List"
New "Three Bears" and "Cedar Grove" Campgrounds:
The Three Bears campground's new driveway is on the left, approx. milepost 3, which is about 1/4 mile before you get to Hardy Creek trail-head. Cedar Grove Campground is a mile or so beyond Hardy Creek, with its new driveway on the left. They each include a central parking area, secluded campsites, water and restrooms. See a photo on Facebook or find them in person with directions to Hardy Creek Trailhead.

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Fox Glove flowers with Shotgun Creek Falls in the background.
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