This is a delightful stretch that feels remote and has mostly class II or easy III feel until just above Dodge Park where there are a couple of steeper and more powerful class III's. Keep your eyes peeled for the great surfing waves especially in some of the shelfier sections.
Revenue to Dodge and Dodge to Oxbow are frequently considered to be two separation sections, not just one as they are lumped here. Especially at lower flows and with surfing, either part can take a day.
Below Dodge the largest rapid is Pipeline and it comes up immediately. After Pipeline the whitewater is back down to class II in difficulty to Oxbow. The funnest flows for these sections may be in the 2,000-3,000 cfs range, when the waves are well formed.
Paddler diplomacy alert: Please meet and gear up at one of the takeouts, and minimize the number of cars that you park at the put-in (Revenue). Revenue is also the takeout for the gorge section and parking is limited. Avoid nudity or public urination in this area (there is no toilet). Avoid worsening the mud situation. In general be as courteous and low impact as possible while we work to improve our access situation at this location.
Full description in Soggy Sneakers.
Revenue Bridge, River Mile 23.9: From Highway 26 in Sandy turn north onto Ten Eyck Rd. Follow this road 1.9 miles down into the Sandy gorge and the Revenue Bridge. This bridge is the put-in where a trail leads down to the river on the downstream river left side. Parking is extremely limited and local landowners have complained about the congestion--plan to meet and consolidate vehicles at the take-out or somewhere in the town of Sandy and be quick and efficient with your load and unload. Don't block driveways or tear up the shoulder. A few parking spots are available by heading back up the hill a few hundred yards to the intersection of Ten Eyck Road with Kubitz Road.
Dodge Park, River Mile 18.7: This free county park is a nice access point at the confluence of the Bull Run with the Sandy River. It has ample parking, easy river access, and toilet facilities. The takeout for Bull Run is at the back end of the park, whereas the takeout for Revenue to Dodge is closer to the main road and bridge.
Oxbow Park, River Mile 11.0: This is a standard take-out for the run although downriver paddlers can continue on downstream. There's a $5 fee for accessing this park and the boat ramp is at the far upstream end of the park (keep going up the road almost a mile after first seeing the river.)
Dabney Park. Another river access point that requires a $5 fee.
Lewis and Clark State Park, River Mile 2.7: Take out at the beaches on river right 1/4 mile upstream of the I-84 bridge, either at the park or downstream of it and the RR bridge. If meeting here on a summer weekend, arrive early to secure parking as the area fills up with fishers and swimmers. (Needs verification: This access is just upstream of the Interstate 84 bridges on river left (fact check?))
Intermediate Access Point
Revenue to Dodge is more fun than I expected at 1225cfs. Definitely not a beginner run for kayakers at this flow, especially those last couple of rapids before Dodge. Starting at Dodge with careful scouting of Pipeline rapid is a better option for beginner kayakers.
Great stretch for beginners. Ran from Bull Run confluence to Oxbow Park at 4300 or so and found lots of flat water, many good play waves (catch on the fly) and a few holes to avoid. Pipeline is definitely harder than the rest of the rapids.
full tree down across width of river - total obstruction. easy to take boat out and return to water on other side.
Tree down in water at left side of second island below revenue bridge(about 2 mi.). Easy protage alailible on right.
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