McKenzie, Oregon, US
6. Leaburg Dam to Hayden Bridge
||II (for normal flows)
There are many miles to paddle between the Leaburg Dam and Hayden Bridge.
The Hayden Bridge boat ramp (the takeout), just off Marcola Road, is a popular put-in spot for
tubers and is often jam packed with cars on summer weekends when the temps rise above 90
A popular run for fisherman is from Hendricks Bridge Park in Springfield to Hayden Bridge (about
9 miles) and is basically a class I-II run at most levels. Bellinger landing provides a slightly
There is a pulloff on camp creek road [ 35788-35930 Camp Creek Rd Springfield, OR 97478
44.071816, -122.941368] that can serve as a put-in and create a nice little class I-II run to
Hayden Bridge that is a perfect training run for boaters. There is a great spot for ferries and
eddy play at that turn-off put-in, a couple of sets of shoals and swiftwater throughout and a fun
II+/III- drop just before Hayden Bridge.
Below the drop is a great beginner play wave that has generous eddy service, is pretty smooth and
just barely sticky enough to hold a spin...barely. The runout is deep and the eddyline is great
for squirts. I've had 4 minute rides on this wave. I'd call it a good beginner wave to
work on edge control and carving, but anyone looking to throw tricks will be disappointed.
This can also be a park and play spot from Hayden Bridge. Logistics are pretty easy. Just put in
at the Hayden Bridge boat launch and paddle *upstream* passed the bridge. The wave will be
obvious (river left) and you'll see some "rock beavering" that bolsters the eddy
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