Cavitt Creek, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||135 fpm|
|Max Gradient||220 fpm|
|LITTLE RIVER AT PEEL, OR|
|usgs-14318000||1000 - 3000 cfs||IV-V||00h18m||1990 cfs (running)|
|Upper limit estimated from limited data|
Flows: 1,000 cfs in the Little River @ Peel is minimum. 1,500-2,000 cfs is a better flow to shoot for. High water would make the short Clam Shell section tough to navigate.
Stream: This run has good whitewater, but will only really be enjoyable to adventurous paddlers. There is some dealing and paddlers need to be comfortable with wood.
After walking downhill from the road for about 10 minutes through the woods, arrive at a confluence that marks the beginning of the run. The first 1/4 to 1/2 mile is read and run, before coming to a ledge that requires a scout. The closer you get to the lip the smaller the eddies become. It can be scouted and portaged on the right with a bit of effort. Just downstream, before the creek has a chance to pool up is East Coast Clam Shell, a rapid of similar size to the first ledge. It is best to scout or portage this rapid on the left, but it can be tricky getting over there after dealing with the first ledge.
East Coast Clam Shell has a nasty piton rock taking up the left side of the landing of the main ledge. The right side landing is clean though, and a short runout deposits paddlers in a nice pool at the bottom. Downstream is a fun section of boulder gardens that can be mostly boat scouted, but if in doubt take a peak as wood is often present, though there were routes through all the notable sections in 2018.
Eventually things ease off to bee-boppidy/splashy read and run down to a bridge that can be used as a take out if a shorter trip is desired.
Downstream from this bridge a creek enters on river left increasing the flow, and intermediate whitewater continues with a couple spots that might stand out down to another bridge.
Directions: Take Hwy 138 East from Roseburg, turn right onto Little River Rd just short of Colliding Rivers and Glide. Take this road 6.8 miles turn right onto Cavitt Creek Rd(82), crossing over the Little River via a covered bridge. In 6.9 miles, after crossing Cavitt Creek a few times, the take out bridge is crossed.
3.9 miles further up this road (passing the fork leading down to the alternate take out bridge at 1.5 miles) there is a large pull out on the left in view of a large pillar of rock. Park here and bushwhack down to a confluence marking the put in. When heading into the woods directly perpendicular to the road there will be a small gully found shortly after entering the treeline, follow the nose of land to the right of this gully, this nose leads straight down to the confluence.