Elkhorn Creek - to confluence with Little North Santiam

Elkhorn Creek, Oregon, US


to confluence with Little North Santiam

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14182500 2000 - 5000 cfs V 04h30m 399 cfs (too low)

River Description

Check out the description, with pictures, in Jason Rackley's excellent Oregon Kayaking site

Using the same road OregonKayaking and the Dinsdale brothers used (NF - 201), we parked where a spur road branched off to the north about a half mile above where the Dinsdale began their descent into the canyon.  We encountered many wood portages in the upper region.  Things cleaned up a little after Big Twelve Creek comes in on the left, but the current wood situation resulted in continued portaging in the crux section.  There were a few fun rapids in here, but they were hard to enjoy as we were running short on daylight.  Razorback falls is indeed difficult to scout, best run center right, it’s the first horizon line after Crunch N’ Munch.  Dinsdaba's description is spot on, its a long day of class V paddling/adventuring.  We had 2,000 cfs on the LNF@Mehama, which we felt was about the minimum flow.

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Last Updated: 2015-01-26 01:00:02

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