Difficulty II-III
Length 5 Miles
Gauge ROW RIVER NEAR COTTAGE GROVE, OR
Flow Range 300 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 104 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/11/2019 8:48 pm

River Description


This is a pleasant run with 4 easy class III boulder garden rapids and a scattering of class II rapids. The first three class III rapids are about a mile into the run and all within a half mile stretch. There are a few different options depending on flows and your skill. 

After you pass under the trail bridge and the covered bridge, and about a mile downstream from the other class III rapids, you will come to the last class III drop. This one is right along the road and you will likely spot it on the shuttle drive.

It's another two miles of occasional class II whitewater down to the take-out bridge. The river has nice scenery, though most of it goes by houses and farms.

Logistics: This run is just a couple miles from the interstate. From I-5 take Exit 174 for Cottage Grove and head east on Row River Road. Continue 1.5 miles to the Cottage Grove BMX Track and the river access on the river left downstream side of the bridge. To reach the put-in, cross the river and continue east up river. At 2.7 miles from the take-out the Row River Road makes a turn to the left, but continue straight on Shoreview Drive. You will soon cross the river again and 3.1 miles from the BMX track you will reach the US Army Corps of Engineers Schwarz Campground. If the gate to the campground is closed, typical during the boating season, there is limited parking and you'll have to hike in a couple hundred yards to the river.

Rapid Descriptions

Drop 1

Class - III Mile - 0.9

Drop 2

Class - III Mile - 1

Drop 3

Class - III Mile - 1.3

Drop 4

Class - III Mile - 2.1

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9 years ago

It's not that bad. Mostly flatwater with about 3 good class III rapids, and a few class II's. Paul

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Directions Description


From I-5 take Exit 174 for Cottage Grove and head east on Row River Road. Continue 1.5 miles to the Cottage Grove BMX Track and the river access on the river left downstream side of the bridge. To reach the put-in, cross the river and continue east up river. At 2.7 miles from the take-out the Row River Road makes a turn to the left, but continue straight on Shoreview Drive. You will soon cross the river again and 3.1 miles from the BMX track you will reach the US Army Corps of Engineers Schwarz Campground on river left. You can enter here for a fee if you are going to camp. Otherwise, continue for a half mile and take the second left. Follow this road around to the left to the base of the dam. The hike down to the river is about 200 feet.

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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

6/10/2019
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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David Elliott

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Matt Muir

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1201452 07/05/12 David Elliott Updated descripton and access locations
1191336 03/15/06 n/a n/a
1201453 07/05/12 David Elliott Fixed directions
1204030 01/22/15 Thomas O'Keefe photos added
1204031 01/22/15 Thomas O'Keefe minor edits
1204032 01/22/15 Thomas O'Keefe description revised
1212689 06/04/19 Thomas O'Keefe updated image position
1204033 01/22/15 Thomas O'Keefe title edit
1212852 06/11/19 Thomas O'Keefe updated image position