This run is steep, active, serious Class IV. The rocks are sharp and unavoidable. There is a 15 foot waterfall in the middle of the lower section with an unpleasant portage. Description: This run splits conveniently into two sections.
I have not run this section myself. Check out the description, with pictures and shuttle directions, in Jason Rackley's excellent Oregon Kayaking site.
Look over the put-in bridge at the first drop. This is about average. You will be required to do things more difficult than this. The next drop is not visible from the put-in. When you get there look hard before you portage. This is as hard as it gets (except for the waterfall and logs). If you decide to portage because you're scared, get out a rope and climb up to the road high above. If you decide to portage to save your boat the indignity of a really bad ding then you're probablly doing the right thing.
Helmet cam view of the run
Shuttle: To get to the take-out: Take I5 to Roseburg exit 124 and follow the signs to state highway 138 east. Go east just past MP 51 to Copeland Creek. It is well marked. Take out under the bridge or down the Umpqua. To get to the mid point put-in: Go up Copeland Creek Road (USFS 28) two miles to the first bridge. Cross the bridge and park. Put in at the 'pump chance' WO 30307. To get to the put-in: Stop at the mid point put-in and gaze at the rapid downstream. Go back accross the bridge and continue up river left on the dirt road (Copeland Creek Road USFS 2801). Bear left at all intersections. After two and a half miles turn left at USFS 2801-300. Cross the bridge and park in the hunters camp. Carry down to the creek from here. A much nicer put-in is 0.2 miles downstream at 'pump chance' WO 3040.
I saw on the Umpqua national forest web site that they are going to be adding wood to copeland creek starting at the end of august into early september to inprove spawning habitat. hope they consider boaters when adding logs to the creek!!
We did the lower section during Jan 2006 and this really is a great run--one of those 2 mile runs where you feel like you're getting 10 miles worth of rapids. There are ledges, boulder gardens, and even a nice clean 15' falls. It is one of the finest class IV creeking runs in the region. Flow for the N. Umpqua ab. Copland reading 2380 cfs which was at the lower end of the range for this run but still at a good flow and a great level for a first run or those working to hone their creeking skills. It would get a bit more pushy at higher flows.
Look at the creek bank at the take-out. The water should be above the 'moss line'. One inch is scrapey and six inches in Class V.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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