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Difficulty IV-V
Length 4.5 Miles
Flow Range 5.75 - 6.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 17 minutes ago 3.59 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/30/2015 1:29 am

River Description

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

Check out the scary story about this run, with a scary picture, in Jason Rackley's Oregon Kayaking site. Here's a less scary story, also from Jason's site. Jason says that this run "defines continuous whitewater; when the rain is falling hard and the rapids start to push, this creek is transformed into a whitewater playground that has few peers in the state." It has rapids with names like Parker Falls, Bubble Trouble, The Snake, Orthodontist's Nightmare, Lemans, and Hop, Skip, and Splat. That last one is almost always portaged, as it has a bad-assed submerged boulder in the middle of it. This stream has lots of logs and rapids that should be scouted. Be careful and make sure you catch those eddies.


Trip Report from Wheels and Water.

Also check out Lower Brice Creek.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

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.

Directions Description

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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

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.




Jacob Cruser


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1192515 11/06/05 n/a n/a
1204091 01/30/15 Jacob Cruser Added TR and gauge