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Welcome to MolallaRiverWatch.org. 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
In 2009, OWEB recognized Molalla River Watch as the Molalla River Watershed Council. Read the Press Release...
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Molalla-Pudding Rivers Celebration
Now is the time to start planning to attend May events. One of the “must see” events is the Molalla-Pudding Rivers Celebration at Canby Community Park on Saturday, May 21, 2016! Come join your community for this free, family friendly event to learn more about and better appreciate our local watersheds.
- Climb inside Claudia, the 24-foot-long Chinook Salmon (pictured above)
- Tour the pond and wetlands
- Listen to interesting presentations on local wildlife, restoration, & invasive awareness projects
- Experience hands-on craft activities as you visit local organizations’ information booths
- Discover access to the Molalla River
- Enjoy music by “The Other Guys”
The Canby Community Park is located at 1348 S. Berg Parkway, Canby (behind Safeway) – View on Google Maps.
Festivities go from 10 AM until 2 PM.
A BBQ lunch will be available from local Boy Scouts, raising funds for scouting activities.
Join the fun and help us celebrate our rivers and watershed!
See the flyer for more details (PDF).
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Horses, Hikers and Mountain Bikers Poker Ride/Hike
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Fall River Cleanup and Volunteer BBQ
Molalla River Watch Celebrating 24+ 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 over 20 years.
March 2016 – Jim Holley Presents Herpetological (Amphibian and Turtle) Survey of Clackamas County
Jim Holley is a volunteer coordinator and experienced turtle
identifier for Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
On March 22, Jim gave a presentation at our board meeting for "Amphibians & Turtles of the Molalla River Watershed" describing why wildlife and the ponds they live in
are important to the health of our watershed.
In the spring and summer of 2015, Jim and volunteers
surveyed ponds in the Molalla River Watershed for
amphibian egg masses & turtles. You will be
surprised at what can be found in ponds once you
know how to look!
• View the 2015 Clackamas County Herpetological
January 27, 2016 – Molalla River Receives State Scenic Waterways Designation
The upper part of the Molalla River, from Glen Avon Bridge and upriver for 13 miles, is now an Oregon Scenic Waterway! This means that the designated section is protected for future generations to enjoy its outstanding natural and recreation values. This is a huge win!
Molalla River Watch Chair, Bill Taylor commented, “Molalla River Watch would like to thank the State for designating a portion of the upper Molalla River as an Oregon State Scenic Waterway. The designation will help preserve and enhance the many values our beautiful river offers. We look forward to working with the State, Salem District Bureau of Land Management, many other partners, and local citizens to make the Molalla River Watershed an even better place for fish, wildlife, and people.”
Read more at OregonLive.com
and the Portland Tribune...
November 2015 – Fall Newsletter
Once again, our Restoration Project Coordinator, Asako Yamamuro has put together a wonderful newsletter! In this issue we have news about:
• Molalla Area Turtle Surveys
• Clean-Up and Poker Ride Fun
• New Fish Data on Small Streams Around Molalla
• Executive Director Year End Wrap Up
• Post-Summer Water Saving Tips
• New Fish Data on Small Streams Around Molalla
Plus, there's news about the Molalla River getting closer to becoming an Oregon Scenic Waterway
Check out the Fall Newsletter (PDF)
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)
About the "Three Bears" and "Cedar Grove" Campgrounds, established 2013:
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.