Coquille, S. Fork - 2. The Gem

Coquille, S. Fork, Oregon, US


2. The Gem (Coquille River Falls to 16 Mile Bridge)

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 0.75 Miles
Avg. Gradient 300 fpm

Early Rapid

Early Rapid
Photo of Shawn Haggin by Nate Pfiefer taken 02/20/11 @ low runnable level

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14325000 1000 - 3000 cfs V 01h15m 617 cfs (too low)

River Description


Gauge:  Snowmelt vs rainfed makes a notable difference on this run.  2,000 cfs is a good medium flow.  1,000 cfs during the Winter is not really enough water to justify the trip. 


Stream:  A remote and pristine canyon with a dozen class V drops packed into a section of less than a mile known as The Gem.

Read a description at Oregon Kayaking.

There is a more current write up from a low water trip at Wheels and Water.

At medium flows around 2,000 cfs, this run fully lives up to the title of "The Gem".


Access:  The take out and gauge location are at a bridge 16 miles upstream of Powers (42.719242, -124.036273).  Views from this bridge can be seen in the photos tab.

To get to the put-in from this bridge, drive uphill, then take the first left.  In about 2 miles you will reach the discreetly marked trailhead to Coquille Falls, 100 yards after crossing a bridge over Squaw Creek (where an eye catching, runnable slide is visible upstream from the road).  Walk the short distance down the trail to the base of Coquille Falls and put in wherever is clever.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-07-26 20:59:14


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 21 2018 (300 days ago)
jacobcruser (152640)
On January 21, 2018 I did this run with Joseph Hatcher at around 2,000 cfs on the Powers gauge. I'd
call this a good medium flow. There were moving pools between the rapids, and the rapids were
nicely padded without pushing too hard towards places you didn't want to be. Everything was
scoutable and portageable if needed. We portaged the last 10 yards of an island a few rapids in.
And we should have gone left at the following island. We found the run fully lived up to the title
of "The Gem" at this flow.