This is a great intermediate creek run with nearly continuous action for boaters improving class III+ and IV skills. From June Creek Bridge the action picks up quickly with two or three stand out drops. One of the steeper and more technical drops, 'Wall Shot Rapid', is about 3.1 miles into the run and is scoutable from the road. It is has sharp bend to the left along a wall with a couple boulder entrances along the river right at normal flows.
Austin hot springs is 2 miles further downstream and is a great mid-way stop for a warming soak.
The most difficult rapid, Monolith (IV), lies about 0.5 miles below the hot springs and is also scoutable from the road. Once through the crux, there are a few miles of boogie water before entering the final Boulder Garden (IV), a roughly half mile long series of holes, boulders, and waves depending on the flows with multiple line options. The take-out is shortly after this, just above the Collawash confluence and the NF-63 bridge on river left.
For a highwater description of the run (10,000cfs @ 3 Lynx) see the June Creek Section at Oregonkayaking.net.
A 50 yard lead-in through waves and holes leads to the largest drop on the run. There are multiple lines, but is generally run just right of the center rock and then left of the next rock/hole.
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