Difficulty III-IV+
Length 2.5 Miles
Flow Range 2500 - 6000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1700 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/15/2019 11:07 pm

River Description

This section is a worthwhile addition to a trip on Quartzville Creek for boaters wanting to see something different.  

Starting at the bridge near the confluence with Elk Creek, this run is 2.5 miles of splashy class III-IV slides and boulder gardens all the way to its terminus upon entering Quartzville Creek.  There are 3 larger rapids along the way, one is a ten foot tall slide that is difficult to scout when the flows are up.  Running this slide center left, erring to the left avoids a large hole that becomes stronger as flows increase.  Below here are more rapids that build to two larger boulder gardens at the end.  

The run can hold plenty of water, 5,000 cfs in Quartzville is not too much.  Because of the bedrock slides on the run, low water trips might be undesirable. 

The 1 mile section above the confluence with Elk Creek has one solid class V rapid that can be portaged, some other interesting ledgey rapids and a few wood portages.

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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

Priscilla Macy

This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.


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