Deschutes National Forest

The Deschutes National Forest is a United States National Forest that is located in some parts of Deschutes, Klamath, Lake, and Jefferson counties in central Oregon. It makes up 1.8 million acres along the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. In 1908, the Deschutes National Forest was established from some parts of the Blue Mountains, Cascade, and Fremont National Forests. In the year 1911, some parts of the Deschutes National Forest were split off to create the Ochoco and Paulina National Forests and parts of the Oregon and Cascade National Forests were added to the Deschutes. In 1915, the lands of the Paulina National Forest were joined to the Deschutes National Forest. A study from the Forest Service in 1993 estimated that the extent of old growth within the forest was 348,100 acres. Within the boundaries of the national forest are the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, containing cinder cones, lava tubes, and lava flows. The Deschutes National Forest as a whole contains over 250 known caves. The forest also contains five Wilderness areas, six National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Oregon Cascade Recreation Area, and the Metolius Conservation Area. The forest headquarters are located in Bend, Oregon. There are local ranger district offices in Bend, Sisters, and Crescent.

The recreational activities include boating, fishing, wildlife watching, and hiking, in addition to mountain biking on an extensive system of trails. Hiking and skiing can be accomplished on Mount Bachelor, a stratovolcano in the Cascade Range.

Image Caption: Moffitt Butte, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon. Credit: USFS/Wikipedia