Stream: From the base of the landslide at the put in, the stream is a bit brushy off the bat with a blind feel. There are eddies where needed though so blind faith is never required in this part. There is a nice eddy on the left above the first horizon line, but it is tough to get a good look at the landing from there. Fortunately the line on this 5-10' foot ledge is right down the middle off an obvious boof and lands in a nice pool. Too far left and it is rocky. It is possbile for one person to catch an eddy on the right at the lip if they are nimble and signal others down while setting safety. Downstream is more fun whitewater with some low angle slides in the mix. The most serious rapid on the run is a short distance upstream of the Panther Creek confluence and can be seen during the shuttle. It is easiest to scout on the right. This drop has a serious pocket on the right and a uniform hole just below. It has been run successfully, but take it seriously and set solid safety (easy to do) or portage.
A short distance downstream is the Panther Creek confluence, where it is worth carrying up to run the slide (even more fun than it looks!).
The whitewater slowly eases off below the confluence with Panther Creek, yet remains fun down to the confluence with the North Umpqua. Either take out at the foot bridge, or continue down section 4 on the North Umpqua depending on where you left the take out vehicle.
It's a short run, so consider combining it with other nearby runs:
Steamboat Creek (Upper, Lower)
Flows: 500-700 cfs on the Boulder Creek gauge is what to shoot for, though it could be done a bit higher or lower. Take a visual look at the creek from the hiking bridge at the take out to confirm it looks like a fun, safe flow. The photos on this page were taken at a medium flow.
Directions: Take I5 to Roseburg exit 124 and follow the signs to state highway 138 east. Go east past Colliding Rivers and Deadline Falls. About 22 miles past Colliding Rivers and Glide you will cross over Steamboat Creek, in another 4.5 miles turn right at Apple Creek and cross over the North Umpqua. Immediately upon reaching the river-left side of the North Umpqua there is parking at a trailhead, this is the take out unless you have chosen to leave a vehicle somewhere further down the North Umpqua. Walk 2 minutes down the trail to get a visual on flows.
To get to the put in continue up the main road, always veering left when there is an option. 1.5 miles from the trailhead take out, the road crosses a landslide path. This landslide blocked further access in 2017 and made for a convenient put in (carrying boats down the landslide). There is also a bridge 1/2 mile upstream, but the whitewater between the landslide and the bridge does not justify carrying the boats to the bridge.
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