This is a quality intermediate creek run in the headwater reaches of the Willamette River. It is a go to run for Eugene boaters when there has been lots of rain in the area.
The shuttle is easy, along a paved road, and the run is roadside.
The nature of the run is class II-III seperated by fun bedrock ledges in the 5-10' range. Everything can be easily scouted and portaged, and it is usually obvious when boaters have arrived at a drop worth scouting.
No mandatory rapid portages, but in some years there is wood present.
At high water, some serious holes develop.
Check out the description of this run, with lotsa pictures, in Jason Rackley's Oregon Kayaking site. "Name" rapids on this pool-drop run include Upper Trestle, Lower Trestle (also aka Arthur's Ledge), Pogo, Cheesegrater, Fun, Not Fun, Gumdrop, and a Class-V finale, Laura's Thighs. Also see Upper Brice Creek.
Low water Trip Report from Wheels and Water.
According to Jason Rackley's site (see below), there's a gage on the bridge about 1.5 miles downstream of the take-out at Cedar Creek Campground. 0' is a scrapy, relatively easy minimum; 1.5' is an optimum flow, and 2' would be most paddlers' maximum. Rackley recommends that First of all, Dorena Reservoir inflow should be between 1200 & 3000 cfs and that it's been raining at either Dorena Reservoir or Sugarloaf Mountain.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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