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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...

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Sunday, September 14, 2014 – 20th Annual Horses, Hikers and Mountain Bikers Poker Ride/Hike!
Hiker, Olivia Thomas visits with a horseback rider and mountain biker as they meet on the trail near a card draw station during the 2013 Poker Ride/Hike event.Registration from 9 AM to 11 AM at Hardy Creek Trailhead in the Molalla River Corridor (directions).
$5 per hand or 5 hands for $20. All proceeds go toward trail improvements. Funds are used to maintain and improve 25 miles of the non-motorized shared-use trail system.
Lunch and T-shirts are available for purchase.
No Dogs or Foals Please!
2014 MRW Horses Hikers Mt.Bikers Event Flyer (PDF)
Saturday, September 27, 2014 – Milk Creek Watershed Celebration
Milk Creek Watershed Celebradion, Aug. 27 2014 near Colton OregonMolalla River Watch is partnering with Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District for the Milk Creek Watershed Celebration event September 27, 2014 (10 AM - 2 PM). This is a free community social to celebrate the stream, wildlife and people who live in the watershed. This event will be held at Camp Adams (view on Google Maps), between Mulino and Colton , which is the perfect place to get out and enjoy nature. There will be nature walks, presentations on stream restoration projects and local fish populations, live music, displays from local organizations, food, fish printing, button making, and Claudia, a 14-foot-high Chinook Salmon!
View the 2014 MRW Milk Creek Watershed Celebration Event Flyer (PDF)
Saturday, October 18, 2014 – Molalla River Fall Cleanup And Corridor Enhancement
River cleanup, trail work, or enhancement activities in the morning and a BBQ in the afternoon. Details on our calendar...
Board Meetings:
Now the Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Molalla Public Library. Details on our calendar...
Molalla River Watch Celebrating 20+ 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.
Feb. 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
Nov. 8, 2013 – 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 the Portland Tribune or OPB News).
Summer 2013 – 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.
Spring, 2013 – Building a Habitat for Fish: 
John Dvorsky, Principal Geomorphologist at Waterways Consulting, Inc. was highlighted in the Molalla Pioneer on February 12th, 2013 working on a fish habitat improvement project being completed at North Fork Molalla River. Read the article on
February, 2012:
Our long-awaited USGS Geomorphic Report of the Molalla River is finally online! View the Narrated Slides Animation or the Full report (at

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Fox Glove flowers with Shotgun Creek Falls in the background.
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