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South Fork Alsea River
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lane and Benton
Physical characteristics
Main source Central Oregon Coast Range
northeast of Horton, Lane County
1,721 ft (525 m)
River mouth Alsea River
near Alsea, Benton County
282 ft (86 m)

The South Fork Alsea River is a tributary of the Alsea River in the U.S. state of Oregon. It begins at northeast of Horton on the east side of the Central Oregon Coast Range and flows generally northwest to near Alsea. There it joins the North Fork Alsea River to form the main stem.

Fishing in Oregon describes the South Fork as "fair-sized" stream with an average width of 40 feet (12 m). Fishing for wild cutthroat trout is "excellent", and the stream also supports a population of steelhead. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees much of the territory through which the river flows.

Alsea Falls Recreation Area, managed by the BLM, is along the river. Open from May 1 through October 31, it has campsites and day-use sites with tent pads, fire rings, picnic tables, toilets, and drinking water. Hiking trails from the recreation area through the forest lead to several waterfalls. The nearby Fall Creek Trail system for mountain bikes has 6.5 miles (10.5 km) of forested routes for all skill levels.

Tributaries

Listed from source to mouth, the named tributaries are Williams, Coleman, and Fall creeks, which enter from the left; Peak Creek, right; Blackberry and Rock creeks, left; Dubuque Creek, right; Table Creek, left; Cedar and Headrick creeks, right, and Bummer Creek, left.

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