Upper South Fork Malheur Area, COA 188

Upper South Fork Malheur Area (COA 188) Photo Credit: Keith Kohl, ODFW

This COA straddles US Highway 78 southeast of Malheur Lake and provides connectivity between the Crowley (185) COA, Ten Cent Lake-Juniper Lake Area (193) COA, and the Steens Mountain High Lava Plains (192) COA. North of US Highway 78 the COA includes Malheur Cave and a section of South Fork Malheur River. South of 78 the COA encompasses Riddle Mountain, Burnt Flat, and sections of creeks and seasonal drainages fed by the northern ridge of Steens Mountain.

COA ID: 188

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

Potential Partners

Special Features


  • Contains large areas of Sagebrush Steppe Shrublands
  • Sage Grouse Core Habitat Areas

Protected Areas

  • Kiger Mustang
  • Kiger Mustang Area Of Critical Environmental Concern
  • Rangeland
  • Sheepshead Mountains Wilderness Study Area
  • Steens Mountain Cooperative Management And Protection Area
  • Stonehouse Wilderness Study Area


Strategy Habitats

Specialized Local Habitats

  • Canyon Shrublands
  • Grassland Habitats
  • Springs

Strategy Species