Difficulty II-IV
Length Miles
Flow Range 7.00 - 20.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 23 minutes ago 3.55 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/04/2019 7:37 pm

River Description

Lake Creek is known as one of the region's top playboating destinations when the water is high. This run can also be enjoyed as a class II/III run at lower flows.
At high flows swims are often long and dangerous, so make sure that roll is bomber.
Lake Creek has easy access off Highway 36. You have a few put-in options depending on how much warm up you want before the big drops. The top put-in is in Deadwood at the county park across from the post office at highway mile 13.3. Another access is an informal free parking area at the Green Creek confluence at highway mile 12.2. If you want to put in just above the main rapids, Schindler County Park at highway mile 10.5 is also an option.
You can scout the Horn, the big drop on the run, from the pull-out at highway mile 9.2
If you want to end your trip on Lake Creek you can take-out just upstream of the confluence with the Siuslaw. To reach this site, turn on to Stagecoach Road at Highway 36 mile 8.4. Head 0.1 mile over the bridge across Lake Creek and turn upstream on the drive to Konnie Memorial ODFW fishing access site. It's 0.5 mile upstream on this drive to the river access point.

Most continue on downstream on the Siuslaw River. You can take-out at mile 5.7 on Highway 36 at the Tide Wayside County Park, or continue down to mile 4.5 or 4.3 to free informal access sites.

Check Soggy Sneakers or the Lake Creek description on WetDawg.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

The gauge reading is for the Siuslaw. 12 feet is optimal for playboating and once you get up to 20 feet it's bigwater. The last few miles of the run are on this Siuslaw River. Flow on Lake Creek is approximately 1/3 of that on the Siuslaw. This will correspond to approximately 1600-5000 cfs on Lake Creek and 10,000-31,000 cfs on the Siuslaw. (flows based on Soggy Sneakers).

Directions Description

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