This section of river is a bypass reach for the Eugene Water & Electric Boards
Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Plant. Whitewater resources are currently being examined by Confluence
Research in partnership with the utility, American Whitewater, and local volunteers.
Tamolitch Falls separates the Upper Carmen and Lower Carmen reaches on this section
and represents a break point where the character of the whitewater changes. Upper Carmen is
approximately two miles long and drops about 50' per mile with class II/III whitewater. Beginning about
1/3 of a mile above Tamolitch Falls the gradient increases dramatically approaching 200' per mile with
class III/IV whitewater. Tamolitch Falls is a 50'-60' vertical drop into the "Blue Pool". Below
this point the river passes through a steep gorge for about a mile representing the most interesting
whitewater on the run. Below the gorge the gradient eases off to about 60' per mile as the channel
begins to braid and substrate size decreases.
Additional assessment of the feasibility of access in the vicinity of Tamolitch Falls is
ongoing as is further study of the whitewater resources and recommended flows.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
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Trail Bridge Dam and Powerhouse
McKenzie Carmen reach
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