Big Butte Creek, Oregon, US
Butte Falls to Netherlands Rd
||III-IV (for normal flows)
Run it on the right
Run it on the rightPhoto by Big Butte Falls
This run is fast, narrow, and shallow. It features a 15 ft. runnable waterfall, a few nice boulder
gardens, many logs to go under and over, and a chance to slither between cabbage size boulders
until you think your paddle and boat won't take any more. Most of the run is class II-III, but the
last rapid is a full class IV which cannot be portaged and is difficult to boat scout. Cobleigh
bridge provides access three miles into the run.
This run starts with a bang; The 15 ft. waterfall is runnable on the right. Put in above the fall
or below the diversion dam
few hundred yards downstream. The first few miles are narrow and brushy in places and always
. Some logs
may have to be dealt with on the
fly. About a mile from the put-in the north fork comes in on the right and adds another 50 per cent
to the flow. Occasional basalt
provide scenery and rocks
for two or three nice boulder
After three miles, Cobleigh bridge provides a poor take-out (or put-in).
The creek continues to slow, widen, and after miles of cow pasture convince you that it's all over
-- 'it' shappens. Slowly the banks steepen, the river steepens and narrows, and just when you think
it might get serious ahead, you realize you can't portage and eddies are scarce. After the first
plunge things slow down a bit; Stop in the middle of this boulder garden and catch your breath.
Hidden behind the rocks below is a full river sweeper. If you move now, all the way river right,
you can slip around the roots and save ferrying in front of it later. After miles of cow pasture
again convince you that it's all over, you come to the best play waves on the run. Immediately
below is a full river ledge. At low water you can play with the stopper. At medium and high water
it will play with you. Sneak (squeeze) hard left. Get out at the next bridge.
You can continue about three more miles of ever flattening water to Casey State Park on the Rogue
and take out there (watch out for the water fall).
Shuttle: Road Map
To get to the take-out
: Go north on Oregon State Highway 62 East [sic] past Casey State Park
(a possible take-out). Cross the bridge over the Rogue and turn right on Crowfoot Road. You may
wish to stop and park some vehicles here and organize your shuttle as parking is limited at the
preferred take-out. Go up Crowfoot 2.5 miles and turn left on Netherlands Road. Go down to the
creek and park upstream river left.
To get to the put-in
: Continue up and down Crowfoot to the end. Turn left on the unnamed
road (Butte Falls Highway) toward Butte Falls. On the way you will pass Cobleigh Road. A left turn
here will take you to the access under the bridge. Continuing on toward Butte Falls, just before
entering town, turn left on Falls Road (Recycling Center). Pass the sewage pond and go down the
dirt road to the picnic area and overlook. Both put-ins are here.
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Last Updated: 2002-04-23 22:32:54