Difficulty IV
Length 0 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 01/23/2020 4:48 am

River Description

The Faraday Segment is a 2 mile bypass reach from the Faraday Diversion Dam (river mile 27.9) to Estacada Reservoir (river mile 26.4). This is a short run featuring 3-5 major rapids which at low flows are technical II/III, medium flows are III/IV and at higher flows become class IV/V.

It is about a 1 mile walk up past the gate on E Faraday Rd (about 2 miles upstream from Estacada along Hwy 224) to an easy put in location within site of the Cazadero Dam.  The run is worth doing if you live in the area and have done all the other Clackamas sections, for the sake of completion if you will.  There is some nice cliff jumping and a rope swing part way down the run.  At medium flows all the rapids are scoutable, and most are boat scoutable.  At medium flows the difficulty is on par with the Fish to Bobs run upstream, but feels more adventurous.  At high flows, such as when the dam is spilling over heavily this section gets serious fast.

Take out on river right behind the Faraday Substation, a short walk up a trail leads back to E Faraday Rd.

In 2011 medium water levels were allowed to flow into this section all summer, and locals ran numerous trips that year.  It was quality III/IV at those flows.

Rapid Descriptions


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Gage Descriptions

Under the current license minimum instream flows in this section are 100 cfs. Spills into this bypass reach occur when outflow of the North Fork Dam (located upstream) exceeds 5200 cfs (the capacity of the downstream Faraday Powerhouse).

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2009-07-31 n/a Near Miss/Rescue Other Read More



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