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Difficulty II
Length 24 Miles
Flow Range 900 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 3530 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/19/2016 12:36 am

River Description

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 degrees. 

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 shorter trip. 

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 service.


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Date Flow Result Factor  
2011-03-26 n/a Fatality One Boat Trip Read More
2010-09-05 n/a Fatality Other Read More
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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

Priscilla Macy

This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.


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