Difficulty V
Length 0.75 Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 3 hours ago 4330 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/18/2019 7:01 pm

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.

Rapid Descriptions


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Jacob Cruser
1 year ago

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.

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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

Priscilla Macy

This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.


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