Umpqua, North, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV+ (for normal flows)|
|N UMPQUA RIVER ABV COPELAND CK NR TOKETEE FALLS,OR|
|usgs-14316500||400 - 3000 cfs||III-IV+||03h14m||821 cfs (running)|
Before embarking on any section of the North Umpqua, check the guidelines on the BLM site to avoid conflict with fishermen.
Putting in at the small pull out 1/2 mile upstream of the Rock Creek bridge gives paddlers one class III warm up rapid before Deadline Falls. Scout Deadline from the road before hand. It is prudent to also scout from river left once on the river. There is a sneak chute on the far right if the water isn't low and a main line near the left side of the channel, there is also a meat line in the middle. This rapid has class V consequences in the form of a large, retentive hole in the center. Below here are a few easier rapids in the class II range before reaching the Narrows. Here the river pinches down on the left through a turbulent passage. Scout/portage from the left or right. Around the corner is one more notable ramp into a hole. Scout from the right or left, left is more intuitive. Most people get out on the right 50 yards below the ramp and hike up the trail to the take out. Rock Creek comes in to the run just below Deadline Falls, this creek can be run afterwords or beforehand for a longer day if flows are adequate.
A video from the BLM.