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About Us

The Smith River Watershed Council is a 501(c)(3) organization aimed at working with, and alongside private and public landowners who work together to foster successful watershed stewardship projects. These projects include habitat enhancement and restoration, watershed management education and outreach, and monitoring. Our primary goal as an organization is to improve the quality of life for all that live in the watershed; fish, wildlife, and people alike.

The Smith River is located in the northwestern portion of the Umpqua Basin, and drains into the Umpqua River in Reedsport, Oregon before reaching the Pacific Ocean. The Smith River Watershed covers nearly 370 square miles, stretching 29 miles north to south, and 20 miles west to east from Reedsport to 10 miles north of Drain, Oregon. 

The population of the Smith River Watershed is concentrated in the Smith River valley and consists of small homesteads, ranches, and rural residences; and there are no large population centers within the watershed. We work alongside these landowners and agencies alike to improve environmental integrity and the economic stability of our watershed.

Our board meetings are open to the public. Join us, the last Thursday of each month at 7 pm. 

Our board meetings are held at the Smith River Grange Hall, Lower Smith River Rd, at mile marker 9.

For additional information, please call: (541) 271-2223

The philosophy of the Smith River Watershed Council is to seek common ground among all who live and work in the watershed. Our purposes are to carry out watershed enhancement projects, develop and monitor watershed health, improve environmental integrity and economic stability and to foster community education and understanding of watershed processes