The White River Watershed is located on the east slope and in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range. The area considered by this report includes the White River Watershed proper, including its principal tributaries, Tygh Creek, Badger Creek, Three Mile Creek, and Jordan Creek, as well as Wapinitia Creek watershed, Nena Creek watershed, and other areas draining to the Deschutes River from the west.

The total drainage area is 350,199 acres, or approximately 547 square miles. White River originates within the Mount Hood National Forest on the southeastern slope of Mount Hood (highest point in Watershed, 11,291 feet). White River flows southeast then curves to the northeast before entering the Deschutes River. White River enters the Deschutes River just upstream from Sherar’s Falls at River Mile (RM) 47.5. The elevation at the mouth of White River is 789 feet.


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About the Watershed

October 2014

February 2015
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A watershed is the area of land that drains into a particular body of water such as a stream, river, lake, or bay.
The watershed includes not only the waterway itself, but also the entire land area that drains to it.

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The White River Watershed was awarded RCPP funding and is the first year that NRCS has awarded funding under RCPP. In Oregon, NRCS is investing $20.8 million over the next five years for six projects. Partnering agencies are providing an additional $23 million, resulting in a combined total investment of $45 million.

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