Rivers & Water Quality

We have a long history with the Clackamas, Deschutes & Willamette Rivers, and the fish and wildlife that they support.

We work to protect fish and habitat in areas where we operate hydroelectric plants.

Some work we do directly, some we fund through non-profits or other organizations. Read below about some of the most interesting projects on each river, the fish and wildlife they support, and about our plants and history in each distinct region.

Clackamas River

PGE helps fish migrate safely along the Clackamas River every year while we power Oregon with clean, emissions-free hydropower. Our history here spans more than a century, defined by constant innovation and a strong commitment to preserve the fish, wildlife and natural beauty of the river for future generations.

Clackamas Hydro Projects

Over seven decades starting in the early 1900s, PGE constructed four hydroelectric plants on the Clackamas River: Faraday, River Mill, Oak Grove and North Fork. Today they provide enough energy to power up to 78,000 homes.

Protecting fish on the Clackamas

The Clackamas River Basin is home to one of the strongest salmon and steelhead runs in the Willamette Valley. Since building our first fish ladder in 1907 PGE, we’ve been innovating to keep fish populations strong on the Clackamas.

Clackamas Updates & Events

Visit this page often for regular updates about events, ongoing research and programs, and other topics of interest at our Clackamas hydroelectric project.

Deschutes River

In the Deschutes River Basin, we work with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon to provide clean, emissions-free hydropower – enough to power more than 150,000 homes.

Deschutes Water Quality

The latest information on our water quality monitoring and recent studies.

Shoreline Management

PGE and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, (the license holders for the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project) developed a Shoreline Management Plan to protect public health and safety and balance competing uses on the shorelines of Lake Billy Chinook and Lake Simtustus, within the project boundary.

Deschutes Updates & Events

With so much going on at the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project it can be hard to keep up. We want to make it easy for you, so visit this page often for regular updates about events, ongoing research and programs, and other topics of interest.

Willamette River

The Willamette River is the 10th largest river in the lower 48 states. In 1889, we built the first hydroelectric plant in the American West, Station A, at Willamette Falls in Oregon City, south of Portland. It was replaced by the T.W. Sullivan plant in 1895, which has generated electric power ever since as PGE’s Willamette Falls Hydroelectric Project.

Get fish counts for the Clackamas, Deschutes, Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Come experience the wonder of the Deschutes and Clackamas Rivers at one of our parks and campgrounds.