The Middle Fork Forrest offers scenic hikes along the Middle Fork John Day River, as it is just down river from Bates State Park. This property has been averaging about 30% of the river’s spring Chinook spawning. It is a popular place to watch these fish in September. Fishing is not allowed. Restoration projects are ongoing at Middle Fork Forrest, with a very large re-route of the river between Vinegar and Vincent Creeks planned in the next few years. There is a small grazing program at this parcel during the summer months. The access permit station is located at Vincent Creek gates near the corrals.
The Middle Fork Forrest parcel is accessed by Middle Fork Lane (county road 20) access points, primarily at Vincent Creek. The property is surrounded by Malheur National Forest, with Bates State Park bordering its eastern edge.