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Difficulty II-III(IV)
Length 5 Miles
Gauge ROW RIVER ABOVE PITCHER CREEK, NEAR DORENA, OR
Flow Range 5.20 - 7.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 18 hours ago 2.59 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/14/2015 7:58 pm

River Description


This is a nice intermediate run when water levels are up.  Upper limit is unknown, but 7 feet on the gauge is not too high.  It has been done as high as 9 feet by an expert local with at least one portage.  

Expert Boaters can put in on Junetta Creek, which consists of three high quality class V rapids.  The first is a boulder garden, the second a narrow flume, and the third a pushy double slide right under the bridge.  Class V boaters will be able to figure out the obvious lines and hazards.  

A short ways above the confluence with Junetta, Layng Creek roars over a tough rapid with wood and rocks in bad places.  This rapid is difficult to portage, so it is recommended boaters do the short bushwhack to the confluence with Junetta instead of putting in higher.

Below the confluence the creek rolls along with class II-III rapids broken up by a few class IVs later on in the run.

The first notable obstacle is a low head dam with a nasty hole in the middle.  There is a runnable ramp on the far left when flows are healthy, and a line on the far right that will result in a minor piton if flows are not high.  The portage is easy on the right.

There are a couple of fun slides not too far downstream in the vicinity of obvious anthropogenic structures near the river.

More floating leads to a 4 foot ledge with a respectable hole in the middle.  Many lines are available here, with a nice scouting eddy and platform far right.

Drop Stopper is the next rapid of note.  The bedrock funnels the main flow to the right and over a 4 foot drop with a powerful hydraulic at its base.  If you wish to scout, it is best to do so on the left before getting committed to the channel.

From here to the bridge at the confluence with Brice Creek the going is pretty easy, with a final small ledge within sight of this bridge.  This makes for a good take out, the creek eases off considerably below here.

If you continue below, be sure you have scouted the take out above Wildwood falls.  Expert boaters may choose to run the falls, which makes a nice park and huck at low flows, but is more serious at the flows necessary to run Layng Creek.

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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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1205621 12/14/15 Jacob Cruser added description and gauge, changed put in
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