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Tumalo Creek

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Tumalo Creek - Bend, Oregon

Photos by Alastair Allan
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   Autumn has already swept through the valley leaving behind a drab winter landscape on Tumalo Creek, only brightened with the morning sun and a fresh dusting of snow. Found just outsideTumalo Falls Bend, Oregon, the Tumalo is regarded as a precious resource when it comes to the town's prime water source.
   Over the years, logging and a major fire has lead to considerable erosion along the river's broad floodplain. A one-two punch from the Watershed Council and Deschutes Nation Forest agencies invested almost a million dollars in stabilization and restoration of wetland and riparian habitats. Doubling as a recreation area, Tumalo Creek is noted for trout fishing and several waterfalls from its initial rise in the Cascade Mountains. Tumalo Falls is an outstanding feature along the river, and is best accessed from Skyliners Road and CR 4606. The trailhead is located nearby the Tumalo Creek Bridge, offering a four mile trail (one way) to the falls.

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