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MRW began in 1988 and received it's non-profit status in 1992. Molalla River Watch, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax I.D. # 93-1096342) created in 1992 by a group of local concerned citizens for the purpose of protecting, preserving and restoring the flora, fauna and water quality of the Molalla River and its tributaries. MRW is committed to promoting respect and understanding of the Molalla River watershed through education and conservation for present and future generations.

Molalla River Watch is working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), other agencies, and user groups such as equestrian and bicycle clubs. Our goal is to provide maximum access for the public to enjoy the natural beauty and abundant recreational activities while creating minimum impact to the Molalla River watershed.


  • To encourage public participation in the management of the Molalla River and the watershed.
  • To create more pleasant surroundings for recreational activities.
  • To involve the community and schools in MRW projects using the Molalla watershed as an outdoor classroom.
  • To educate the public about the diverse resources, recreational uses, and educational values of the river.
  • To develop an awareness program that will promote good "land use ethics," especially within public access areas.
  • To expand a volunteer program for beautification and enhancement projects.


  • Our annual river cleanups are in May and October. Other cleanups are conducted as needed.
  • Trail development, improvement and maintenance for non-motorized travel on BLM land in the "Molalla River Recreation Corridor."
  • Student Environmental Studies Program – Plant and wildlife studies and water quality monitoring assisted by students and teachers from local schools.
  • Tree planting, stream side restoration and fish habitat enhancement projects.
  • Stream and habitat surveys with training provided by the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Community education through cultural history and geology presentations.

More about the river...


The Molalla River winds its way from the heart of the Cascade Mountain Range to the Willamette Valley floor and into the Willamette River.

A view up the Molalla River looking South with Shotgun Creek Canyon in the background.

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