Ran Vernonia to Pittsburg at 4.88 in a Prijon Embudo Creeker, with two friends in Jackson Regal SoT's. I wouldn't run it much lower, all of us were hitting bottom regularly and got hung up multiple times in shallow water.
It's a good run to take friends with no white water experience on, but I would advise that they have some kayak handling experience.
There is 1 large fallen tree blocking the river, you can go right and squeeze under, in higher water, a portage would be needed on the left bank. There is another section further down with a number of fallen logs that require a portage.
The gage for this run is approximately ten miles upstream of Vernonia on the upper Nehalem. Use this gage height for this run. Please note that the CFS rate will double on this run once you pass the mouth of Rock Creek. Do not double the stream height though since the river becomes wider after the Rock Creek confluence.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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