Difficulty III-IV
Length 7.5 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 day ago 673 [CFS] ⚠️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/08/2019 7:57 pm

River Description

 Long stretches of class II water broken up by high quality class III (IV-) drops.  There is a class five (the Butte Crack) at the put in that most people skip.  The Dam at Scott's Mills is very runnable and many people make it their first waterfall. 

More detailed information http://mthoodh2o.blogspot.com/2009/02/butte-creek.html.

Rapid Descriptions


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Ricky Becker
1 year ago

UPDATE: This tree is gone and the rapid is clear of wood (2017)............................................... ORIGINAL POST: River wide tree at the bottom of Knuckle buster makes the rapid un-runnable at most any level but maybe the highest. Rapid cannot be run through the bottom, although you can still run the entry piece of the rapid above into the first hole and takeout in the pool to portage.

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Ryan Morgan
12 years ago

This a great class III/IV run. No portage runs are common with the dam/falls at Scott's Mills sometimes being portaged river left. There are some great play waves just downstream of the falls at Scott's Mills.

Gage Descriptions

Gauge at monitor bridge should be at least 5.6


Pat welches estimate should be over 200, and over 400 for a smoother float.


Directions Description

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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

Priscilla Macy

This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.


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1212834 06/11/19 Jacob Cruser updated image position
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