Fremont National Forest
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Recreation opportunities are plentiful, and popular activities include fishing, hunting, backpacking, cross-country and downhill skiing, camping, and leisure driving. The Chewaucan, Sycan, and Sprague Rivers are the major streams originating on Forest lands. Many of the Forest’s small lakes and reservoirs are popular fishing and camping areas.
The Deschutes has established campgrounds located throughout the Forest. If you prefer more solitude or want to explore the backcountry, most of the Forest is open for dispersed or backcountry camping. Some regulations apply.
Game animals most often hunted include mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, and pronghorn antelope. Several varieties of trout inhabit Forest lakes and streams, and a few lakes also support warm-water fish, such as largemouth bass. Waterfowl such as Canada geese, whistling swans, and mallards are frequently seen.
Expansive views, dramatic cliffs and solitude are what you’ll find in the Fremont National Forest. Located in “Oregon’s Outback”, the Forest provides the self reliant recreationist the opportunity to discover nature in a rustic environment. There are 1.2 million acres to explore. A gentle to moderate terrain prevails over most of the Forest and elevations range between 4,000 and 8,000 feet. Habitats range from near-desert to lush coniferous forests.
The Gearhart Mountain Wilderness, totaling 22,823 acres, is the Forest’s only Wilderness. Its dominant topographic feature is Gearhart Mountain which is 8,380 feet at the summit. Picturesque rock formations cap most of the high-elevation ridge tops. Panoramic views of surrounding mountain ranges are provided on clear days. The Wilderness provides important summer range for Rocky Mountain elk. Rainbow trout are periodically stocked at Blue Lake, the only lake in the Wilderness. Both rainbow and brook trout inhabit the small streams.
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