General Information

The Middle Deschutes Watershed Council (MDWC) is a community based organization representing a broad range of stakeholders who live, work and recreate in the Middle Deschutes Watershed.

Jefferson County covers most of the Willow Creek and Trout Creek Watersheds. Portions of Crook and Wasco Counties are also within the Council’s service area. The majority of the area is in private ownership. The City of Madras is the area’s primary urban center. Other communities include Metolius, Culver, Gateway, Ashwood, and Antelope. The watersheds also include significant areas managed by the federal government, including the Ochoco National Forest, and the Crooked River National Grassland (managed by the USDA Forest Service), and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Our office is located within the USDA Redmond Service Center office at 625 SE Salmon Avenue in Redmond, Oregon. Please feel free to stop by during regular business hours if you are in the area.

Our History

The Willow Creek Watershed Council and the Trout Creek Watershed Council were formed as separate watershed councils in the 1990s. Each council engaged with the community to understand the factors contributing to declining fish populations, degraded stream and upland habitats, and poor water quality.

Recently, those councils joined to create the Middle Deschutes Watershed Council. This provides an efficient organizational framework and coordinated approach for supporting restoration and other activities within the broader Trout Creek and Willow Creek Watersheds.

The combined watersheds encompass over 600,000 acres and include over 1,000 miles of streams and associated riparian and upland habitats. The Trout Creek and Willow Creek Watersheds play a critical role in maintaining and restoring Deschutes River Basin’s fish and wildlife populations, water quality, and stream and upland habitats.

The Middle Deschutes Watershed Council is a diverse group of landowners, residents, government agencies, and organizations working together to enhance the natural resources of the Trout Creek and Willow Creek Watersheds. The Council collaborates with landowners and partner organizations to foster an understanding of watershed resources and to improve watershed health through voluntary restoration actions.