Molalla River Watch 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. In 2016, the Molalla River was designated as a State Scenic Waterway. As of March 12, 2019, the Molalla River is now designated a Wild and Scenic River! Twenty-one miles of the upper Molalla River is now protected for future generations to enjoy as we do today! Under protection from the National Wild and Scenic River Act, that section of the Molalla River’s “outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations” will be preserved.

Learn more about the Molalla’s State Scenic Waterway designation.

Learn more about how the Molalla River became a National Wild and Scenic River & view a map.

Learn more about the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Above Photo by Susan Chavez

Mollala River


In 1988, 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 30 years.