Blue, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV(V) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||91 fpm|
|Blue River below Tidbits Creek|
|noaa-brto3||250 - 3000 cfs||III-IV(V)||cfs|
December 2015 UPDATE: The old
USGS gauge at Tidbits Creek switched to being a temperature logger only sometime in the last
year. The NOAA Gauge shows feet and temperature, but now Flow, and refuses to talk to the AW
gauge data interface. You can see the gauge directly here:
Pat Welch also has the flow listed here.
There is a correlation table here: http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/ratplot/ratplot.cgi?BRTO3
Based upon the table:
-3.21 feet is about 200 cfs (The Min Flow Suggested on the old gauge)
-6.12 feet is about 1500 cfs (the Max Flow suggested on the old gauge)
Local/observed knowledge can help dial this in a bit more. If anyone gets eyes on it, let me know what you think of how this correlates.
There is an upper upper put in that adds a fun section of slides when the water is up (over 1,000
cfs). This is accessed by continuing upstream past the upper put in (Quentin Creek) 1 mile.
The overgrown spur road goes down to the right towards the stream. You can park at an
intersection on the main shuttle road another 100 feet past the spur. The upper put in
starts just above the retired gauge station mentioned in this
report, that report also includes a trashy upper part that most paddlers probably
wouldn't consider worth the effort.
See the Blue River description and photos at Oregon Kayaking.
Trip Report at Wheels and Water.
There is plenty going on whitewater-wise in the Blue River drainage, and a lot of paddling can be done in a day with an efficient crew.