Salt Creek - McCredie Hot Springs to Green Waters Park

Salt Creek, Oregon, US


McCredie Hot Springs to Green Waters Park

Usual Difficulty III-IV (varies with level)
Length 7.2 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14147500 3.00 - 3.50 ft III+ 01h13m ~ 2.16 ft (too low)

River Description

Not often run because it is thought to be "wood choked" this is a gem with consistent water from rain in the winter and snowmelt in the spring, good water quality, and lots of amusing rapids.  Yes, you can expect to dodge a lot of big logs and portage a few, but it is not out of the ordinary for a smaller stream in the Pacific Northwest.

From the launch at McCredie's newly developed parking area the floating is technical class II down to Blue Pool and past it by .02 miles, and then the whitewater ramps up to III+ to IV depending on flow.  Soggy Sneakers mentions two class IV rapids (Luggage Inspector and Unclaimed Baggage) but it is hard to tell which part of the whitewater is those named.  There is a long (2+ mile) section of steep and technical class III+ whitewater with occasional lulls.  After this section the gradient ramps down a little but it does not flatten, rather it becomes continuous class II+ to III with wood obstacles and occasional steep drops to keep you on your toes.

The run has a wilderness feel in spite of the fact that it runs parallel to Highway 58.  The highway becomes obvious when the river and road are both steep enough that truckers are using their air brakes, and when you cross under the highway.

The description and photos offered at Oregon Kayaking is from 2000---the wood has moved.



Permit Information

No permit required. Run is mostly in US National Forest.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-04-28 15:53:01

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.0Luggage InspectorIV
1.1Unclaimed BaggageIV

Rapid Descriptions

Luggage Inspector (Class IV, Mile 1.0)

Complex class III-IV boulder garden.

Unclaimed Baggage (Class IV, Mile 1.1)

A drop that forms a retentive hole at higher flows.  Scout or portage on the right.

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