North Fork Malheur River

Juntura, Oregon

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This exquisite little drive visits the North Fork of the beautiful Malheur River, which empties into the Snake River at Ontario. The first 56 miles of Highway 20 from Ontario follow the Malheur canyon and river. And a mighty handsome canyon and river they are. At Juntura, the Malheur divides into the North and South forks and the highway leaves them both behind. The short, easy trip up the North Fork from Juntura follows a beautiful green valley with a large, clear, fast-flowing stream in the middle, hay fields on either side, and grassy, juniper-dotted hills lining the route. Beyond Chukar Park, at mile 6, the valley widens and the river slows a little, forming wide meanders and oxbow lakes.

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"This exquisite little drive visits the North Fork of the beautiful Malheur River, which empties into the Snake River at Ontario. The first 56 miles of Highway 20 from Ontario follow the Malheur canyon and river. And a mighty handsome canyon and river they are. At Juntura, the Malheur divides into the North and South forks and the highway leaves them both behind.

The short, easy trip up the North Fork from Juntura follows a beautiful green valley with a large, clear, fast-flowing stream in the middle, hay fields on either side, and grassy, juniper-dotted hills lining the route. Beyond Chukar Park, at mile 6, the valley widens and the river slows a little, forming wide meanders and oxbow lakes."

Activity Type: Fishing, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Juntura
Distance: 30
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Easy
Additional Use: Boating
Local Contacts: BLM Burns District
Local Maps: USGS Stemler Ridge, Petes Mountain, Beulah
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Malheur River

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May 2018