White Salmon Oak Natural Resources Conservation Area

Color photo of White Salmon Oak Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA)
This 551 acre natural resources conservation area (NRCA) contains representatives of all the Oregon white oak plant communities found in the White Salmon River drainage. These oak-dominant plant associations, which are quickly disappearing from Washington, provide a glimpse of the region's pre-settlement landscape and serve as important wildlife habitat for small mammals, birds, and reptiles. White Salmon Oak NRCA also supports large areas of mixed Douglas-fir – Oregon white oak forest and open expanses of grassland balds.  Much of this landscape can be seen from the historic Weldon Wagon Trail which traverses the NRCA, providing exceptional opportunities for wildlife viewing and hiking.
Features Protected: Oregon white oak woodlands, mixed conifer-oak forest, herbaceous balds, and Suksdorf’s desert-parsley.
Ecoregion: East Cascades (Klickitat County) 

Science, Research and Monitoring

Public and private universities, other research institutions and individual researchers may contact DNR to propose a research project at the site. If you are interested in pursuing research at White Salmon Oak NRCA, please contact David Wilderman, natural areas ecologist, at david.wilderman@dnr.wa.gov.  

Environmental Education and Public Access 

Currently no formal educational programs are available at White Salmon Oak NRCA. A small parking area provides access to the Weldon Wagon Trail. For more information, contact the DNR Southeast Region natural areas manager.
  • No pets allowed to help conserve the ecology of this site. 
  • Garbage service is not provided. Pack out what you pack in. 
  • Day use only. 

Directions to the Site

Weldon Wagon Trailhead: from Portland, take I-84 east to Exit 64/Hood River Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left/west onto WA SR-14. Drive 1.6 miles and turn right onto Highway 141 ALT. Continue 2.2 miles and turn left onto Highway 141. Go 4 miles to Husum, turn right before crossing over Rattlesnake Creek/bridge onto gravel road named Indian Creek Rd, and drive 0.6 mile. Bear left onto Indian Cemetery Rd., then continue on 0.3 mile to 4x4 road and sign marking the Weldon Wagon Trail.
Closure alert: Closed to recreational and public access beginning July 23. Learn more.