A short intermediate run between two reservoirs that flows through
forests and agricultural land.
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.
A River Runner’s Guide to a Free-Flowing Upper Klamath
Planning and Priorities for Dam Removal
Written comments on dam removal November 5th, 2018. Includes appendices.
Written comments on dam removal March 31st, 2019
PacifiCorp's proposed Recreation Plan assuming relicensing of Klamath Hydroelectric Project.
A whitewater guidebook to the Pacific Coast of the United States from the Rogue River to the Salinas Valley in California.
Visual. Look for flows around 2000
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Pioneer Park West Day Use Area
Pioneer Park East Take-out
Pioneer Park East
Beginning of the Reservoir
Keno middle section
Shredder Surfing at Keno Play Wave
Rapid at the Keno Play Wave
Rapids below Keno Dam
Rapid at Keno Dam
Keno Dam, river left access
Keno Flow Study River Talk
Keno Dam Access, river right
The Wagon Road
Pioneer Park West
Pioneer Park West
Keno Play Wave
JC Boyle Reservoir
Klamath Site Tour
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On Thursday, April 4th, the Department of Interior recommended removing four dams on the Klamath River, listing the action as the Preferred Alternative for a long-term solution to address native fishery and water resource issues in the Klamath Basin. The recommendation was set forth in the Department's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which provides a comprehensive review of whether partially or fulling removing four dams owned and operated by PacifCorp will help to restore salmon runs to the Klamath River.
A public comment period is now open for the restoration of the Klamath River through November 21st. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced in late September that the federal government has completed numerous peer-reviewed scientific and technical studies providing new and detailed information about the environmental and economic impacts of removing four Klamath River hydroelectric dams.
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