Cavitt Creek, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||60 fpm|
|LITTLE RIVER AT PEEL, OR|
|usgs-14318000||700 - 3000 cfs||II-IV+||01h11m||1990 cfs (running)|
|upper range estimated|
Flows: This creek hasn't been run very often, so the runnable range is estimated from little data. Please report in the comments if you do the run and your assessment of flows. 850 cfs on the Little River gauge was an enjoyable flow, more water would be just fine. Less water might start getting tedious. 1500-2000 cfs is probably medium.
Stream: Starting at a bridge (second one above the park) about 1.5 miles above Cavitt Creek Falls Park, boulder gardens begin and continue for about half a mile. These are all fun and runnable, and mostly boat scoutable. They are all III-IV, with one that stands out from the others and may dictate a shore scout. The line is with the main current down the middle.
A short bit of easier floating leads to Cavitt Creek Falls, if you see a viewing railing on the left eddy out over there as by the time you see the horizon line for Cavitt Creek Falls it might be too late to stop and scout.
At medium flows there are plenty of line options over the "falls", at lower water the water channelizes and the only practical line is down the main flow. The challenge of having a good line is high, while the consequences are relatively low, making this a nice rapid to do laps on, which is easy thanks to some stairs and a short trail back to the top. It's also a good location for a lunch, with picnic tables and toilets.
A few more fun rapids exist a short distance below the falls, then the creek eases back and the rest of the stream is mostly class II floating with the occasional fun bedrock rapid. If you can find access downstream of Cavitt Falls, but upstream of the bridge near Wolf Creek Rd you will avoid some tedium. If flows are healthy, continuing down to the bridge near Wolf Creek Rd isn't so bad.
Downstream of the bridge near Wolf Creek rd, more class I-II continues. Just before the confluence with the Little River, there is a nice series of class IIIish rapids. Just downstream of the confluence is a covered bridge that makes a nice take out.
There is some wood on this creek, but having to make any portages for strainers is uncommon on this section.
Access: 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. This is the lowest take out option, parking can be found on Little River Rd 100 yards upstream of the covered bridge.
To get to the access near Wolf Creek rd, cross the Little River via the covered bridge and continue 1.6 miles to a bridge and take out option.
If you can find an access point between here and Cavitt Falls please post in the comments below.
To get to the put in from Wolf Creek rd, continue upstream on Cavitt Creek rd 3.2 miles (1.5 miles past Cavitt Falls Park) to the put in bridge.