Euchre Creek, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|SILETZ RIVER AT SILETZ, OR|
|usgs-14305500||4000 - 10000 cfs||IV-V||00h48m||1150 cfs (too low)|
Flows: Flows are correlated to a much larger stream and estimated from only one data point. Thus the gauge is a loose estimate and correlation at best. Make your own assessment of levels and research flow patterns in the area. 4,000 cfs and dropping on the Siletz gauge was acceptable to us (if low, we hit a lot of rocks) for our first time down, making scouting/portaging easy along the banks. We probably had about 200 cfs in Euchre Creek, so maybe 5% of the Siletz gauge. While the three of us agreed more water would be better (we thought double the flow might be perfect for a boater seeking a non-manky, class V experience), that has not yet been verified. At any level, this run should only be attempted by those willing to deal with uncertainty, and versed in making their own decisions.
* If you do the run, please post the date and flow information of your trip.*
Stream: With a roadside put in, and take out at a bridge, this short run can be a fun trip for an adventurous local. After a short warm up the creek drops over a serious 3 part rapid that appeared to have a line, but can also be portaged on the right with a quick ferry move back across to river-left to portage the last pile of boulders.
Downstream is a fun ramp along the left bank and then a half mile of steep bouldery rapids in the IV-IV+ range. This section is reminiscent of the Miracle Mile, with one island rapid that should be scouted while the rest can be boat scouted down to Euchre Falls by those who have that skill set.
After the open bouldery section the river consolidates, a 5' bedrock ledge signals the upcoming Euchre Falls, which can be scouted on the shuttle from a viewing platform a short distance upstream from the take out, look for the sign and short trail to the creek. Euchre Falls (a ten foot slide) has numerous line options, center-right moving back to center has worked in the past.
The take out bridge is a couple hundred yards downstream of Euchre Falls.
This looked like a stream prone to wood, with a logjam above the put in, a riverwide tree at the take out, and heavy logging in the area. However in January 2017 there were no mandatory wood portages.
Access: Bring a map and familiarize yourself with the area before you head out there. The shuttle road is currently visible on satellite imagery but is not drawn by Google Maps.
While access is on logging roads, there are no access concerns as of January 2017.
Here is what worked for us in 2017:
From the town of Siletz, travel North on Hwy 229 (Siletz River Hwy) for just over 5 miles. Turn right onto the gravel Euchre Creek Rd (not signed in 2017). Continue almost 2 miles and veer right where you will promptly cross the take out bridge.
From the take out bridge drive upstream on river-right for 1.5 miles, scouting Euchre Falls on the way, and staying right at 1.3 miles. Shortly after staying right at the 1.3 mile mark the creek meets back up with the road. Upstream of here the creek is flat and woody, so put in wherever looks clever. Where we put in the creek was no more than 20 yards from the road and no more than 20 feet below the road.