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Difficulty IV+
Length 5 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 10/26/2018 4:53 pm

River Description


This is the bypass reach between the JC Boyle Dam and Powerhouse, and you'll be lucky to catch this run with water in it. It only happens when the reservoir is spilling, but when that occurs this run makes a great five mile run with more challenging whitewater and dramatic scenery than the Hell's Corner run downstream. When it has water, this rarely-boated upper section makes a great extension to the Hell's Corner run.

There are nine distinct Class IV rapids in this section, some of which are as much as a half mile in length. At the higher flows of 1300 and 1600 cfs there are numerous play features to catch on the fly as well as several play spots with eddy service. The long rapids with steep horizon lines provide plenty of entertainment for river runners. Overall, this reach has a creek-like appearance in a basalt canyon with ponderosa pines.

American Whitewater worked with Pacificorp, local boaters, and outfitters to coordinate a flow release study on this reach during summer 2002. Hopefully we'll see the day when the river once again provides boating opportunities and improved conditions for the native fishery.

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Visual, when spilling. Look for flows of 1000 to 3000 cfs. Flows around 1500 cfs are optimal. Flow can be determined by the difference between Copco Reservoir Inflow and JC Boyle Powerhouse release (800-547-1501).

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Klamath River Restoration Public Comment Period Open (OR/CA)

2011-10-05 13:28:00-04
Thomas O'Keefe

A public comment period is now open for the restoration of the Klamath River through November 21st. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced in late September that the federal government has completed numerous peer-reviewed scientific and technical studies providing new and detailed information about the environmental and economic impacts of removing four Klamath River hydroelectric dams.

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Interior Recommends Removing Klamath River Dams

2013-04-08 21:03:00-04
Megan Hooker

On Thursday, April 4th, the Department of Interior recommended removing four dams on the Klamath River, listing the action as the Preferred Alternative for a long-term solution to address native fishery and water resource issues in the Klamath Basin. The recommendation was set forth in the Department's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which provides a comprehensive review of whether partially or fulling removing four dams owned and operated by PacifCorp will help to restore salmon runs to the Klamath River.

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AW Weighs in on Klamath River (OR/CA)

2006-12-11 00:00:00-05
Thomas O'Keefe

AW provides comment on the four lower dams on the Klamath River that continue to have a devastating impact on salmon populations. We have formally requested a full environmental review of removing all four dams on the Klamath River so all stakeholders can make an informed decision regarding the fate of the Klamath River.
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