Emile Creek, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||210 fpm|
|LITTLE RIVER AT PEEL, OR|
|usgs-14318000||1000 - 2500 cfs||IV-V||00h30m||33 cfs (too low)|
Stream: A short, but neat run with an easy shuttle and good bedrock rapids.
There is wood present, so only boaters comfortable with dealing with that obstacle should attempt the run. 1 wood portage in 2017.
The creek starts out bouldery before reaching a IV+ gorge to kick off the good whitewater. At the end of this short gorge section is a 3 foot ledge with a log on the left that looks like it will be there forever. This ledge can be boofed to the right, but keep paddling as that lands you in an eddy feeding back into the ledge.
Just downstream the creek gets gravelly for a moment and this is where the one portage is, a quick one over a small log jam. Just downstream is the largest horizon line at "Self Satisfaction", a two part drop that can be scouted on the left (portaging the bottom portion would be difficult).
Downstream the creek is class IV and portage free (in 2017) all the way to the confluence with the Little River. About halfway down this class IV section the creek passes under a bridge. Immediately after landing in the Little River paddle to the right bank and take the short trail up to the parking area.
It is convenient to combine this creek with other runs in the area.
Flows: The Little River provides a decent estimate on what flows you will find in Emile Creek, however visual inspection is necessary and personal judgement of flows required. There is a boulder just upstream of the bridge near the take out that is a good indicator of minimal flows. If any water at all is making its way over the rock, there is enough water to paddle the run. Upper limits are unknown. Look in the photos tab for more on the visual gauge.
Directions: Turn onto Little River Rd (Hwy 17) near Colliding Rivers in the town of Glide. In 14.2 miles you reach a bridge over Emile Creek, on the West side is a good sized gravel parking area with a short trail down to the Little River that is used as a take out. Take a peak at the flow here, it doesn't need to look padded out.
To get to the put in cross to the East side of Emile Creek and take the first left onto "BLM Rd 2 2". Follow this road 1.7 miles to a wide spot in the road (crossing Emile Creek at 0.5 miles). During the shuttle, always stay right at significant junctions. You can walk down the nose of land to the creek at the wide spot alongside an unnamed tributary, or continue up the road another 1/4 mile to a point where the road is closer to the creek. It is not known what is in that upper 1/4 mile, but it appears to be bouldery. Either way, you will spend less than 10 minutes walking to the creek.