Klamath - 01. Keno Dam to JC Boyle Reservoir

Klamath, Oregon, US


01. Keno Dam to JC Boyle Reservoir

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 5.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 50 fpm

River Description

A short intermediate run between two reservoirs that flows through forests and agricultural land.

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Last Updated: 2018-10-26 16:52:01

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 18 2011 (2863 days ago)
Nick SindersonDetails
This run has one of the best surf waves around...'The Keno Wave'. When the Klamath at Keno gauge
reads 1,150 to 1,400cfs it's good...darn good! It can still be surfed at 1,050 but it's quite a bit
smaller and weaker. No need to do the run, you can drive right to the wave if you have a high
clearance vehicle. Not that the run isn't worth doing a time or two, but that's about it. Me? I
just park at the wave. To find the wave or the put-in for the run; head east out of Keno, cross the
Klamath, Take the second left past the bridge, Puckett Way, then make the next left, Riveredge Rd.
Follow Riveredge for a mile or so to Old Wagon Rd. were you'll make a left. From here to the wave a
high clearance vehicle may be necessary. (Keno Reservoir will be to your left) At all intersections
stay to the left , the road dead ends just above the wave. If you plan on doing the run put-in
below the dam. For those with passenger cars, you can reach the south bank just above Keno dam by
driving into the Keno Recreation site provided by PP&L, it's just west of downtown Keno to your
right if headed west on Hi-way 66. The water quality here is not for the faint of heart, that being
said this part of the Klamath sports some of the biggest rainbow trout I have ever seen.

Associated Projects

  • Klamath Restoration (OR & CA)
    AW supports restoration of the Klamath River for the benefit of salmon while providing appropriate opportunities for whitewater recreation.