Molalla, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (varies with level)|
|MOLALLA RIVER NEAR CANBY, OR|
|usgs-14200000||1000 - 6000 cfs||II-III+||00h54m||1240 cfs (running)|
|Baby bear can be sticky at med/low flows.|
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|-38.1||Horse Creek Canyon||III+|
An alternate put-in on the Table Rock Fork just upstream of B Ranch.
The river drops away and into a narrow gorge, and it looks from above like there's going to be something wild in there, but it's generally benign. Just some crashing waves and swirlies, and a pretty gorge below. Be alert after high flows because a log jam here would be difficult/impossible to avoid.
There are a couple of spots upstream from the bridge where it's easier to get to the water than at the bridge.
When you look down at this rapid from the road you cannot see how much it drops because you are above it. The lines are not hard, and there are no exceptional hazards, but it has two blind horizons and it is long, making swims long and potentially unpleasant.
Mama bear bear accelerates toward a horizon line with a tongue, hole and boof to choose from, then explodes through a rock pile. After the bouldery part it narrows down between basalt walls and stays narrow for a while without eddies. Swimmers be patient.
Baby bear is a single drop between a large blob of basalt and the left bank. At lower flows it has a sticky pocket hole on the right. It's roadside and easy to scout on the ride up. At higher flows you can run it down the left side or sneak it by going to the right of the basalt blob.
Legislation to Protect Molalla River Passes House
November 19, 2009
Legislation to Protect the Molalla River Reintroduced (OR)
February 17, 2011
Oregon Wilderness and Wild Scenic Bills Re-Introduced
February 14, 2013
Take Action: OR Rivers Considered for Scenic Waterway Protection
September 29, 2014
Chetco and Molalla Rivers Designated State Scenic Waterways (OR)
January 28, 2016