Blue - Quentin Creek to Blue River Reservoir

Blue, Oregon, US


Quentin Creek to Blue River Reservoir

Usual Difficulty III-IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 91 fpm

Near the end.

Near the end.
Photo taken 11/13/13

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Blue River below Tidbits Creek
noaa-brto3 250 - 3000 cfs III-IV(V) cfs

River Description

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:
ased 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. 
-Clinton Begley


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.



StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-09-07 18:24:57


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User Comments

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April 28 2018 (265 days ago)
T4eresa (153294)
Ran this for the first time two weeks ago at about 470cfs and it was a lovely first-timer flow,
with plenty of eddies but also clean lines through every drop. Pin cushion was the only one that
caused trouble, probably because some folks didn't get out of the car to take a peek from the road.
Easy road scout, worth looking.
February 23 2017 (694 days ago)
jacobcruser (152640)
Feb 2017: Food For Thought was clean and 5 of us ran it at 550 cfs. We had one person swim out of
the bottom hole after dropping in backwards. All others came through without issue, the class V
rating seems correct at that flow. There was plenty of wood dodging below Food For Thought and
before the Cook Creek put in, though we all thought it was worth it. We had one portage above that
lower put in. The run from Cook Creek down was splashy, fun and portage free.