Donner ЬNd Blitzen Wild and Scenic River

Bureau of Land Management, Oregon.


Nearly rugged 88 miles of waterways comprise the Donner ьnd Blitzen Wild and Scenic River and its tributaries. The mainstem of the river as well as Big and Little Indian Creeks, Fish Creek, the South Fork and the Little Blitzen River were originally designated in 1988. Several more tributaries were added to the river system in 2000, including portions of Mud and Ankle Creeks. Activities include hunting, fishing, camping backpacking, horse use and other outdoor pursuits. Four developed campgrounds at Page Springs, Fish Lake, Jackman Park and South Steens make great launch points for backcountry adventure in the area’s wild and scenic rivers.

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Point of Interest:

In 1860, the U.S. Army sent Major Enoch Steen to determine the feasibility of a road from southeastern Oregon to the Willamette Valley. His party named many prominent topographic features, including Steens Mountain. In 1864, during a thunderstorm, Captain George B. Curry and his command were forced to cross a river on the west slope of the Steens. He named the River "Donner und Blitzen," which is German for thunder and lightning.

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From Burns, Oregon Take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Tum right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 60 miles to Frenchglen, Oregon. Just past Frenchglen, tum left onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road. Follow the Loop Road for approximately 3 miles before turning into Page Springs Campground to the right, just across the Donner und Blitzen River.

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