I just ran the Metolius this weekend. The log that was there last year is now gone. However, there is a log jam at Canyon Creek Campgroung and easy to see. (I talked with the Forest Service and this may be removed soon) There is also a new log on the lower section perhaps a mile or so above Monty Campground. We were able to boat over it at 1600 cfs, but it may be a portage at lower levels.
Paddled solo from Lower Bridge to Camp Monty 8/15/05. The logs from put-in down to mandatory log portage about 6.5 miles down are more difficult than the rapids themselves. The character of the river is very swift with few eddies. The only portage, however, was at a large ponderosa with branches mostly intact making it clearly visible on the water. It is not marked, though it comes into view on a straight section just after spotting a few small cabins on the right bank. Small eddy on right allows for easy portage. The logs are much less frequent below here, making the run more enjoyable--but keep your eyes open in a few spots. There are several class III (mostly log-free) rapids below the confluence with the Whitewater river. Total trip time was approximately 3.5 hours.
Definatly, that mile or so from the hatchery is awesome. It's a pretty easy narrow shute with some big 'ol rapids. It's cold, but if you get a chance to run it, DO IT.
I was just over on the metolius and there was three different postings at the lower bridge warning of a class VI log jam 6.5 miles downstream of the lower bridge. All three postings were from serious rafters and kayakers. There main concern was that a person without the knowledge of exactly where the jam was would not be able to advoid the jam. Try the gorge above Wizard fish hatchery for a wild ride.
We put in at Lower Bridge and did the the 17 mile run down to Monty Campground. We encountered two channel-spanning logs that came up quick and a few more pieces of wood in play. Use extreme caution as the logs are tricky to spot and require a quick move to get to shore. The first was located at 44.6483, -121.6140 and the second was at 44.6709, -121.5752. Both were portaged relatively easily but required a quick move into a very brushy and poorly-defined eddy above the hazard.
The river spanning log previously located near Lower Canyon Creek Campground (at 44°29'49.5"N 121°38'17.9"W (44.497083, -121.638306)) has since been moved to allow safe passage and maintain fish habitat! Many thanks to Bob Hennings and team with the Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District for making this happen. Cheers guys! Appreciate the hard work.
I was informed last week that the Forest Service in conjunction with Trout Unlimited have been placing wood in the river for the past few years. I ran this twice, once in a 14' raft and once in an 11' raft back in 2008 with two log portages. By the way it was described to me, rafts are basically a no go these days and kayaks can paddle through with some effort...
yeah Wizard Falls is sick. the books don't lie though, the water is freezing. It's worth it though
Ran the upper and lower sections July 28-29, 2018. 4 portages total along the way:
2 portages before Camp Sherman at 44° 26’44.17”, 121° 38’17.53” and 44° 27’22.28”, 121° 38’34.48”. Both are easily portaged on river right (or stand up and walk over the top of the first one).
The second two portages are a ways past Candle Creek (no portages from Lower Bridge to Candle Creek). Located at 44° 38’54.96”, 121° 36’49.55” and 44° 38’40.45”, 121° 30’48.71”. Both portaged on RR.
Need to be cautious of lots of other wood along the way, but well worth it.
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