Rules for accessing this section of the Calapooia are described below. Do not run the upper Calapooia if you do not understand those rules.
Upper Calapooia Road
. Weyerhaeuser is actively logging in the vicinity so be very cautious and watch out for log trucks
Before these rules were put in place this section was only paddleable during hunting season. With the new rules you can paddle this section any day of the year, except when indicated on the Linn County Website. The trade off is that boaters now are committed to paddling a 16 mile section of the Calapooia, or none of it. This makes for a long day, especially during the winter months when this section flows.
A 7 mile portion (of what is now a 16 mile run) of the Calapooia is described on Jason Rackley's site.
Check the map tab on this site to view the shortest legal section available to boaters. You may need to mark the take out in order not to pass it, it is a short distance below a bridge.
January 22, 2019 a group reported the following after running the Upper Calapooia.
"While the gate is open, and the road is public, the land between the road and river is still owned by Weyerhauser... from the gate to milepost 24 or so (where the national forest boundary is). Our group got two $115 tickets for parking [at the 13 mile bridge], and a warning that we could be arrested for criminal tresspassing." -Jason Filcman
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