Deschutes-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area
Deschutes-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area is a part of the National Conservation Lands. It offers highly valued quiet recreation. Hikers take in expansive canyon views on Scout Camp Trail or Foley Waters Trail, and horseback riders set out out on scenic trails surrounded by bunchgrasses, sage, and juniper. Fly fishers pursue trout in the Middle Deschutes, especially in the spring and fall, while kayakers navigate their way over Steelhead Falls. Bird watchers can view an array of species from golden eagles nesting on the canyon walls to American dippers bobbing up and down on river rocks. Botanists enjoy year-round access to the beautiful arid sagebrush-steppe canyonlands and contrasting riparian habitats along the spring-fed Middle Deschutes River and Lower Whychus Creek. Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area is honored to play a role in the conservation of this exceptional landscape.